Published on Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Common Dreams

Food safety groups launch Campaign for Genetically Engineered-Free Seafood

– Andrea Germanos, staff writer

As the FDA edges closer to approving genetically engineered salmon, dubbed “frankenfish” by some critics, a group of national grocery retailers has pledged to reject it from their stores, heeding strong consumer opposition.

A march opposing FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon. (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr)A coalition of groups led by Friends of the Earth made the announcement Wednesday, as part of the launch of theirCampaign for Genetically Engineered (GE)-Free Seafood.

Among the 13 retailers that have pledged not to sell the GE salmon or other GE fish are Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and PCC Natural Markets.

“We applaud these retailers for listening to the vast majority of their customers who want sustainable, natural seafood for their families,” said Eric Hoffman, food & technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth.

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