Top Supermarkets: We'll Boycott FDA's Frankenfish

Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Whole Foods among chains swearing off frankenfish

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 21, 2013 12:36 PM CDT | Updated Mar 21, 2013 1:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – A cadre of major US supermarket chains say they want no part of the genetically modified salmon the FDA is currently considering approving, or any other frankenfish the food industry might devise. The FDA is in the final stages of approving a fast-growing fish from AquaBounty Technology that combines two species of salmon and a pouter eel. But yesterday about a dozen supermarket chains, including Trader Joe's, Aldi, and Whole Foods, announced that they wouldn't carry the fish even if it's approved, the Guardian reports.

Together, the groups that have signed onto the Friends of the Earth's campaign control roughly 2,000 stores nationwide. "Now it's time for other food retailers, including Walmart, Costco, and Safeway, to follow suit and let their customers know they will not be selling unlabelled, poorly studied genetically engineered seafood," a campaigner from the group said. The FDA's preliminary finding indicated that the fish was fully safe, though critics say it hasn't been sufficiently tested.

In a photo made Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012, construction workers finish the parking lot of the soon-to-open Whole Foods Market in Boise, Idaho.
In a photo made Wednesday Aug. 29, 2012, construction workers finish the parking lot of the soon-to-open Whole Foods Market in Boise, Idaho.   (AP Photo/John Miller)
This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. .
This undated 2010 handout photo provided by AquaBounty Technologies shows two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. .   (AP Photo/AquaBounty Technologies)
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