The nation’s two largest grocery stores, kroger and safeway, have pledged not to sell genetically engineered (Ge) salmon, joining a growing group of stores, including Target, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, H-e-B, Meijer, Hy-Vee, Marsh, and Giant eagle, that have already rejected the Ge salmon currently under final review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Nearly 2 million people, including scientists, fishermen, business owners, and consumers, have written to FDA opposing its approval of Ge salmon, reportedly the first of some 30 other species of Ge fish under development. If approved, the salmon would be the first Ge animal in the U.S. food supply, and FDA has indicated that it will likely not be labeled as a product of genetic engineering. See Friends of the Earth News Release, March 3, 2014.