FDA Lifts Ban Affecting Salmon Facility in Indiana

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This 2010 photo provided by AquaBountyTechnologies shows salmon eggs at the company’s hatchery in Fortune, Prince Edward Island, Canada. On Friday, March 8, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it had lifted an alert had that had prevented AquaBounty from importing its salmon eggs to its Indiana facility, where they would be grown […]

An FDA ban on genetically engineered (GE) salmon and salmon eggs has been lifted.

The ban was included in a provision of the 2016 Omnibus Appropriations Act. 

In 2016, AquaBounty made a $14 million investment when they purchased a defunct fish facility used to cultivate GE salmon in Albany. 

Initially, the FDA approved the facility and the consuption of GE salmon, but the provision kept the company from going forward with production.

“This announcement is good news for Albany and Delaware County, where this emerging industry has the potential to create jobs and spark economic activity,” said Seantor Todd Young. “I have been vocal with the FDA and my Senate colleagues about this issue, and am pleased that the FDA has acted.”

The facility could create up to 100 jobs.

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