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US regulator gives go-ahead to genetically modified fish for consumption

Published:Friday | November 20, 2015 | 11:11 AM

United States regulators have given the go-ahead to genetically modified salmon, making it the first such animal destined for human consumption.

The Food and Drug Administration said it had given approval on the grounds that food from the fish is safe to eat.

The biotech company behind the fish, AquaBounty, first submitted its application almost 20 years ago.

Opponents say consumers do not want to eat genetically engineered seafood.

They have also expressed concern that the salmon could pose risks to other fish if it were to escape into the environment.