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.