Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act (S 282, 116th Congress)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Referred to Committee
Date of Last Action
Jan 30 2019
Congressional Session
116th Congress
Date Introduced
Jan 30 2019
Publication Date
Feb 11 2019

SciPol Summary

S 282 / HR 1103, the Genetically Engineered Salmon Labeling Act, would change the mandatory labeling requirements for genetically engineered salmon in the United States. In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved genetically engineered salmon as fit for human consumption, making it the first animal to receive such approval. Under this bill, any genetically engineered salmon (i.e., contains recombinant DNA (rDNA)) would be required to include the words “Genetically Engineered” or “GE” before its existing market name. This push is in tandem with the US Department of Agriculture’s recent rule, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, which requires anyone retailing products containing bioengineered organisms to disclose their categorization as such on the labeling.

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