Canadians didn’t know they ate genetically modified salmon
It appears Canadians were among the first diners in the world to eat a genetically modified animal - and they likely didn’t know it.
U.S.-based AquaBounty Technologies said in a recent fiscal update about 4.5 tonnes of its fresh AquAdvantage salmon fillets were sold in Canada between April and June.
The company got approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection agency last year to sell the product.
AquaBounty CEO Ronald Stotish said in the quarterly report released earlier this month that the Canadian distribution marked “the very first sales of AquAdvantage salmon.”
“The sale and discussions with potential buyers clearly demonstrate that customers want our fish, and we look forward to increasing our production capacity to meet demand.”
AquaBounty - which has a production plant in P.E.I. - did not say exactly where the salmon was sold. The company’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment.
Health Canada doesn’t require labelling on genetically modified food, saying the items have been assessed for safety and nutritional standards.
AquaBounty’s salmon contains genetic material from ocean pout and Chinook salmon to help it reach adult size faster.