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Major N.Am Retailers reject GE Salmon

 

For Immediate Release ​​​​​​​
Issued by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and Friends of the Earth U.S.

Major Grocery Retailers Across North America Reject Genetically Engineered Fish

 WASHINGTON, D.C., HALIFAX. November 17, 2017 – As the world’s first sale of genetically engineered fish is underway in Canada, the top food retailers across Canada and the U.S. have made public statements that they have no plans to sell the genetically engineered salmon.

Sobeys (TSX:SBY) is the latest and last of Canada’s national retailers to inform customers that it will not be selling the genetically engineered Atlantic salmon.(1) Sobeys joins the two other top retailers Loblaw (L.TO) and Metro (MRU.TO); the three together represent over 50 percent of the Canadian food retail market. The Overwaitea Food Group, along with regional retailers such as Federated Co-operatives Limited and Longo’s have also said they will not sell genetically engineered salmon.

“Now that some genetically engineered salmon is being sold in Canada unlabeled, it is vital that consumers have this information from their grocery stores,” said Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator of CBAN.

The Canadian stores join major North American chains Walmart (NYSE:WMT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST) and Whole Foods (WFM:US) as well as nearly 80 other U.S. retailers including Kroger (NYSE:KR), Trader Joe’s, Target (NYSE:TGT), and Aldi in making a commitment to not sell genetically engineered salmon.(2)

“People have a right to know where their food comes from and exactly what’s in it, so that they can make informed choices about what they eat,” said Dana Perls, senior campaigner at Friends of the Earth U.S. “Shrouding this genetically engineered fish in secrecy is unfair to consumers, to say nothing of the fact that genetically engineered salmon are unsustainable and pose serious potential health and environmental risks. We thank these forward-thinking retailers for their leadership and for listening to consumers.”

The genetically engineered salmon was first sold into the Canadian market in June of 2017. It remains unlabeled and its sale locations are not disclosed, making it nearly impossible for consumers to make informed purchases. 

In the wake of controversy over the U.S. approval, the U.S. instituted an import ban on genetically engineered salmon until labeling standards are established. 

A full list of stores that have made commitments to not sell genetically engineered seafood and salmon and letters sent to companies by Friends of the Earth U.S., CBAN and allies, and a list of coalition partners are available at www.gefreeseafood.org and www.cban.ca/retailerstatements

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The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) brings together 16 groups to research, monitor and raise awareness about issues relating to genetic engineering in food and farming. CBAN members include farmer associations, environmental and social justice organizations, and regional coalitions of grassroots groups. www.cban.ca/fish

Friends of the Earth fights to create a more healthy and just world. Our current campaigns focus on promoting clean energy and solutions to climate change, ensuring the food we eat and products we use are safe and sustainable, and protecting marine ecosystems and the people who live and work near them.

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Market Status of GMO Arctic Apple & comments .

Market Status of Arctic Apple

Genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) apples will not be sold in Canada in 2017. However bags of sliced GM “Arctic” apples will be sold in some grocery stores in the Midwest US this year. Some GM apple orchards are established in Washington and New York state, but none yet in Canada.

“Arctic® apples will be commercially available in the U.S. later this fall. Our volumes are limited and Arctic® apples will only be available in a small number of U.S. supermarkets this year. While Arctic® Golden and Arctic® Granny varieties have also successfully satisfied regulatory requirements in Canada, there is no firm timeline for Canadian commercial introduction.” – From Neal Carter, President of Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc. to Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, September 2017

Comments from GE Free CV:

1) Do you look for a  Best before Date on your milk cartons, bread,cheese ?

Why then are we rejecting Nature’s own Best Before Date by browning the apple and potato, showing us the nutritional value inside the fruits has changed?👎

2) The 3 first direct human consumption GMO  products : their BRAND Name and Market Status:

a) Arctic Apple   from Okanagan Specialty Fruits:

The genetically modified non-browning apple (Golden Delicious and Granny Smith) was approved in Canada in March 2015 and is also approved in the US. It is genetically modified to keep from going brown after being cut, for 15 days or more. The company Okanagan Specialty Fruits says the GM apples “have more eye appeal: no yucky browning.”    Marketed in USA midwest  in fall of 2017. but not sold in Canada.

b) Innate Potato  from Simplot : no Innate potato was planted in 2017 😊

The company Simplot says they have only put the GM potato on hold until the market is ready. ( May 2017).

A huge THANK  YOU for all your letters to  Sobeys, Loblaw and Costco earlier this year to reject the non-browning potato. This delay / stopping, would not have been possible without your consumer inputs.😘 😘

c) AquAdvantage Salmon from Aqua Bounty.

Update – October 12, 2017:

The salmon has been genetically engineered with a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon and genetic material from ocean pout (an eel-like creature). The company says its “AquAdvantage” salmon grow to market-size twice as fast as other farmed salmon.

For more info :refer to CBAN.ca/ GMO products.

 

 

 

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Dr. Thierry Vrain on Glyphosate on CBC

Here is the  interview with CBC Radio  in Fredericton 13 min (.Nov 6 2017.)

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/new-brunswick/programs/informationmorningfredericton/dr-thierry-vrain-glyphosate-1.4389087

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