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FDA says fast-growing salmon would not harm nature - UFA Action Alert / Murkowski Response

FDA says fast-growing salmon would not harm nature 
By By MATTHEW PERRONE and MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press – 3 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." Regulators also said that the fish is unlikely to harm populations of natural salmon, a key concern for environmental activists.
The FDA will take comments from the public on its report for 60 days before making it final.
The FDA said more.... http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gRoteHBhcBkg1xw4KnaWXFDFunDg?docId=e805cb8bfcb2455ba0ec01143df4d7ff

 


Murkowski Concerned by “Troubling” FDA Advancement on Frankenfish
“I Don’t Believe These Fish Should Be Approved”

senate.gov - December 21, 2012 - WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Lisa Murkowski today responded to the Food and Drug Administration [FDA] environmental assessment decision to move forward into the public comment period on genetically-modified fish against her warnings and those of hundreds of watchdogs:

“I am concerned with the recent news that FDA is moving forward with the approval of genetically modified fish.  This is especially troubling as the agency is ignoring the opposition by salmon and fishing groups, as well as more than 300 environmental, consumer and health organizations.
“I offered an amendment to bring NOAA (video below) into the process of approving genetically modified fish, and while that amendment was not successful, we identified some new allies in our fight and provided some good information to Senators about concerns with the FDA’s process.  I just don’t believe these fish should be approved.”

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UFA Action Alert:
Comment on FDA support (FONSI) of Genetically Modified Salmon
This is an obvious sneak attack to slip one by us over the holidays, an FDA present of Frankenfish under your Christmas Tree.
Don’t let them get away with it!

Federal Register Notice to be published Dec. 26 –send written letters now!
Electronic submissions will be enabled Dec. 26.
Non Residents – scroll down to FWW online link to alert your delegation in DC

Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0899
SUMMARY: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, the Agency) is announcing the
availability for public comment of the Agency’s draft environmental assessment (EA) of the proposed conditions of use specified in materials submitted by AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., in support of a new animal drug application (NADA) concerning a genetically engineered (GE) Atlantic salmon. Also available for comment is the Agency’s preliminary finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for those specific conditions of use.

DATES: Submit either electronic or written comments on the Agency’s draft EA and
preliminary FONSI by [deadline will be Feb 24, 2013 – don’t wait until then!].

Submit written comments to :
Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305)
Docket number FDA-2011-N-0899
Food and Drug Administration
5630 Fishers Lane, rm. 1061,
RockvilleMD 20852.

Identify comments with the Docket number FDA-2011-N-0899

Electronic submissions – when this is posted on December 26, you will be able to submit electronic comments viahttp://www.regulations.gov  - search by docket number above.

The above is from a pre-release of the Federal Register Notice to be published on December 26 – currently online at
We will include the published notice in a year end regular UFA email update.

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In the News: AquaAdvantage Genetically Modified Salmon Not A Threat To Nature, FDA Says
Huffington Post, 12/21/12
WASHINGTON -- Federal health regulators say a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment, clearing the way for the first approval of a scientifically engineered animal for human consumption.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its environmental assessment of the AquaAdvantage salmon, a faster-growing fish which has been subject to a contentious, yearslong debate at the agency. The document concludes that the fish "will not have any significant impacts on the quality of the human environment of the United States." Regulators also said that the fish is unlikely to harm populations of natural salmon, a key concern for environmental activists.
The FDA will take comments from the public on its report for 60 days before making it final.

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Non-Residents – Alaska’s delegation in DC is already with us on this – but is yours?
If you don’t already have your contact information to send to your own Senators and Congressional Representative, Food and Water Watch’s action alert will forward your comment as an email. Be sure to customize your message as most recipients routinely discount the multiple form letters they receive: 
Food and Water Watch FDA GM Salmon action alert – for email to your Representative and Senators::

Thank you for your support!
Mark Vinsel
Executive Director
United Fishermen of Alaska
ufa-fish.gov