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Science Advisory Board Has Rigorous Discussion on GE Salmon

FDA Approval Could Pave the Way for Future Science-based Technologies  As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rigorous, scientific regulatory review governing genetically engineered (GE) animal technologies, the FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) hosted a rigorous discussion about a GE salmon on September 19-21.  The AquAdvantage® Salmon is genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon thus contributing to more sustainable aquaculture systems.  It was Read More >

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Modified Salmon Is Safe, FDA Says

Hundreds of media outlets reported on the analysis and other materials related to the AquAdvantage salmon that was released by FDA September 3. Mainstream media coverage included articles in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Denver Post, Discover Magazine and CNN, which also posted an online video news clip. A salmon genetically engineered to grow quickly is safe to eat and poses little risk to the environment, the Food and Drug Administration Read More >

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Jerry Pommer: Livestock Biotech Conference Preview

BIOtech Now visited with Jerry Pommer, Director of Animal Regulatory Compliance and Quality Assurance for Hematech, Inc. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Jerry is a member of the program steering committee for BIO’s first-ever Livestock Biotech Summit, which  will provide participants with three days of cross-cutting discussions among industry, academic and government leaders on the care and use of animals in research and the many possibilities in the realm of GE animal research, regulation, and Read More >

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FDA Sets VMAC Meeting to Consider Genetically Engineered Salmon

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today it will convene its Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC) to consider a salmon that has been genetically engineered to reach its market weight in half the time of conventionally raised salmon.  The VMAC meeting, part of a rigorous regulatory process required to assess such technologies before being approved for commercialization is scheduled for September 19-20.  At this meeting, the Committee will hear from independent experts about Read More >

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Modern Farming: America’s Wisest Energy Investment

Be sure to read Stephen Budiansky’s opinion piece in the August 19th New York Times.  Budiansky dispels a number of the myths associated with the “virtues” of locally-grown foods and applauds our modern American agriculture system.  Whether you prefer biotech, conventional or organic production, you can’t argue that our country serves up the safest, most abundant, affordable and efficient food supply in the world.  Agriculture accounts for just 2 percent of our nation’s energy usage; Read More >

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