The federal government’s omnibus spending bill which was unveiled on December 15th, includes language that requires the FDA to finalize guidelines for the labeling of genetically modified salmon. The bill also “prohibits the agency from introducing any food that contains genetically engineered salmon until it publishes its final labeling guidelines,” as reported by Lydia Wheeler in an article which appeared in The Hill. The restriction appears to be a response to a decision by the FDA last month to approve a genetically modified brand of salmon that has been engineered to grow to market size faster than its farm-raised counterparts.
Congress is expected to vote on the bill this Friday. Read more here.