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Glyphosate detected in cotton hygiene products.

85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto’s ‘Cancer Causing’ Glyphosate

Glyphosate, a widely popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization’s cancer research arm, was detected in 85 percent of cotton hygiene products tested in a preliminary study from researchers at the University of La Plata in Argentina.

According to Revolution News, the samples—which included gauze, swabs, wipes and feminine care products such as tampons and sanitary pads—were purchased from local supermarkets and pharmacies in the La Plata area.

The findings were presented last week at the third national congress of Doctors of Fumigated Towns in Buenos Aires.

“Eighty-five percent of all samples tested positive for glyphosate and 62 percent for AMPA, which is the environmental metabolite, but in the case of cotton and sterile cotton gauze the figure was 100 percent,” Dr. Damian Marino, the study’s head researcher, told the Télam news agency (via RT.com). An English translation of the Télam report can be read here.

“In terms of concentrations, what we saw is that in raw cotton AMPA dominates (39 parts per billion, or PPB, and 13 PPB of glyphosate), while the gauze is absent of AMPA, but contained glyphosate at 17 PPB,” said Dr. Marino.

Dr. Medardo Avila Vazquez, president of the congress, said (via RT.com) that the result of this research is “very serious when you use cotton or gauze to heal wounds or for personal hygiene uses, thinking they are sterilized products, and the results show that they are contaminated with a probably carcinogenic substance.

“Most of the cotton production in the country is GM [genetically modified] cotton that is resistant to glyphosate. It is sprayed when the bud is open and the glyphosate is condensed and goes straight into the product.”

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in biotech giant Monsanto’s Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the U.S. “Roundup Ready” cotton, soy and corn crops have been genetically modified to withstand application of the herbicide.

In fact, farmers sprayed 2.6 billion pounds of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide on U.S. agricultural land between 1992 and 2012, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that adoption of genetically modified-varieties, including those with herbicide tolerance, insect resistance or stacked traits, accounted for 94 percent of the nation’s cotton acreage.

The graph below from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates an upward trend on the country’s adoption of genetically modified soybean, corn and cotton.

Monsanto maintains the safety of their product, citing its approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which “classified the carcinogenicity potential of glyphosate as Category E: ‘evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.'”

Monsanto is also demanding a retraction of the World Health Organization’s classification of glyphosate as a possible carcinogen.

This is not the first time that the chemical makeup of feminine care products has been put under the lens. A 2013 report by Women’s Voices for the Earth detailed how the feminine care industry sells products containing unregulated and potentially harmful chemicals, including preservatives, pesticides, fragrances and dyes.

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GMO wheat in Alberta!!

Background ( GE Free CV.)

About 15 yrs ago. Monsanto  introduced GE Wheat and was asking CFIA to accept it in Canada. Thanks to the  Canadian Wheat Board, NFU, Canadian activists, and 1 million Japanese consumers ,Canada refused to contaminate our high quality wheat. There has not been any GE wheat in Canada for the last 15 yrs.

Now that the Canadian Wheat Board is kicked out by Harper , there is no guardian for our wheat.  Each wheat farmer can grow & sell whatever he wants. Sooner or later  , something like this ‘incident ‘ is bound to happen.

Although this incident was discovered in 2017,CFIA said the grains were confirmed to be GMO in February 2018, but it took several more months to determine the exact strain and to do extensive testing to see if any of it had made its way into the food market. (Global news June 15th,2018)

The general public was oblivious of this potential disruption to our wheat industry. as there was no media coverage  until  June 15th when our Japanese customer took a public stance on this incident.

“We are suspending the tender and sale of Canadian wheat until we confirm that the Canadian wheat that Japan buys contains no GMO,” an official with the Japanese farm ministry said on June 15th 2018.

Japanese buyers  pay a premium for high-quality, high-protein wheat. Alberta   exported $203 million worth of wheat to Japan in 2017. Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada  said he is concerned that South Korea and China may be next to suspend Canadian wheat imports. In 2016, Japan and South Korea temporarily suspended U.S. wheat imports after a similar GMO wheat finding.

We’re relieved that this was an isolated contamination case but we’re concerned that the government couldn’t determine how it happened. Without knowing the cause, contamination could happen again,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Media Release: National Farmers Union.
GM wheat contamination incident a reminder of need for better regulation

(June 15, 2018, SASKATOON, SK): On June 14, 2018, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released information about an incident in Alberta where a small patch of unapproved genetically modified wheat was discovered. The wheat plants have a glyphosate resistant herbicide tolerance trait that was developed and tested by Monsanto in open-air field plots fifteen to twenty years ago. The nearest test plot site is over 300 kilometers from where the contamination incident was discovered. The exact identity of the wheat is unknown.

When field trials were approved the CFIA did not require full genetic characterization of the experimental lines containing the genetic modification. The CFIA does not know, and is unwilling to speculate on how the experimental seed ended up growing on an access road to an oil rig in southern Alberta 14 years after Monsanto withdrew its application for approval of genetically modified wheat.

“We are relieved that this GMO wheat incident was discovered and action was taken quickly to prevent contamination of Canada’s commercial wheat stocks and seed supplies,” said Terry Boehm, chair of the National Farmers Union Seed Committee. “This is a close call, which we hope will not result in lost markets or lower prices for wheat.”

This incident is a reminder of the serious risk to market access and potential devastation of farmers’ incomes that have been put in motion by the CFIA when it allowed field-testing of genetically engineered crops. Back in 2004, the National Farmers Union called for an end to secret, open-air field tests of genetically engineered crops in Canada. Since 2000, the NFU has maintained that companies that are promoting genetically engineered crops such as Monsanto (now Bayer) must be held responsible for losses incurred by farmers as a result of contamination incidents.

“The CFIA went ahead with open-air trials, assuring farmers that their protocols for isolating genetically modified plants from the rest of agriculture were adequate. Today we see that an escape has happened, and that the regulatory process in place in the late-1990s and early 2000s did not even require biotech companies to provide the CFIA with full information about the plants they were testing,” continued Boehm.

Wheat is still a multi-billion dollar crop for Canadian farmers, and a staple food for a large part of the world’s population.

Speaking of Monsanto’s application for approval of glyphosate-resistant GMO wheat in 2001, former NFU President, Stewart Wells said, “We can’t afford to have Ottawa gamble with wheat, Canada’s largest export crop and a staple of the food supply worldwide.”

Today, Boehm said “The CFIA did gamble, and continues to gamble by allowing open-air testing of genetically modified wheat. We may have dodged a bullet this time, thanks to observant and responsible workers who spotted the wheat that survived spraying with glyphosate and the civil servants who looked after testing and monitoring to ensure this is an isolated incident. But now would be a good time to stop open-air testing of genetically modified wheat to prevent potentially more serious incidents in the future.”

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For more information:

  • Terry Boehm, Chair of NFU Seed Committee: 306-255-7638
  • For the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s full report see CFIA Incident Report
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All this against Monsanto

2018-03-07 All of this directed against Monsanto!

Summary by Sandra Finley :(activist from the prairies)

Sandra Finley <xcorp@shaw.ca>

Mar082018

 

  1.  Hugh Grant has been the CEO of Monsanto since 2003.

He should receive an achievement award – – for the most people in the world rallied against one company!

I had to laugh when I heard (Feb 15)  Monsanto, 168-page subpoena served on Avaaz demands names and addresses of Avaazers who have signed Monsanto campaigns

Avaaz ran an incredible campaign in the EU last year (other groups did, too), to stop the re-licensing of Roundup.  A petition of well over a million signatures was delivered, just one of the many tactics used.   They came close;  in the end, Monsanto was given a 5-year renewal, Monsanto had been expecting a 15-year renewal.   In 5 years, Monsanto will be going through everything all over again,  but it will be in the aftermath of the court cases in California (below), and other developments.   The “Avaaz + others” achievement, in cutting the licensed period from 15 years down to 5, is significant.

An aside, worth your while.  Ricken Patel (founder of Avaaz) is David to the giant, Hugh Grant.  And not only Hugh Grant:

The man behind Avaaz, Ricken Patel, Canadian  (Interview, CNN. Plus article, The Economist)

2) On this side of the Atlantic,  there are about 345 non-Hodgkin Lymphoma lawsuits waiting to go forward against Monsanto, in California.   The results of this one case in San Francisco, this week,  will affect what happens with the other cases:

2018-03-05  Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof,  The Guardian.

2018-03-05 Farmers vs. Monsanto: Glyphosate Showdown Comes to U.S. Court in San Francisco, List of the expert witnesses that will be called. Organic Consumers.

3)  Bless CBAN (yet again).   All Canadians should be aware of the danger behind the mergers that are taking place.  Monsanto and Bayer are just one.

2018-03-05 Stop the Monsanto-Bayer Mega Merger, CBAN

4) The people working to save the pollinators, the bees and the wasps, on their flip side, are working to prevent more poisoning by Monsanto, Bayer and their colleagues.  Many different groups in many different places are fighting to save the bees.

An important, well-done action item that simultaneously addresses “regulatory capture” of the PMRA by the chemical industry, initiated by Friends of the Earth:

2018-03-08   The bees have a question.    And how about this – –

2017-12-05  Morgan Freeman converted his ranch into a bee refuge    ?!

5) Many of  these initiatives represent entirely different groups of people working in yet another way against Monsanto and what it represents.  A one day free listen this Sunday:

2018-03-07 Glyphosate (Monsanto, Roundup)  One day free listen,  Sunday March 11, interview     

6)  I don’t think I told you:   the March Against Monsanto partnered with the Truth About Cancer.   Both of those movements have large on-line communities.  Finally getting through:  if you want to stop the cancer, you have to stop the poisons.

Does everyone know about the Marches Against Monsanto?  International.  It was started by a young mother in Utah who wanted safe food for her kids.   The next March is just 2 months away May 19th, 2018.  (The first one was May, 2013).

I’ll update, to help people find a nearby group,  the List of March Against Monsanto (MAM), No to GMO, & GE Free Groups, emphasis on Canada    A number of the facebook groups do a fantastic job of sharing information, self-educating, and drawing more people into the worldwide movement to stop the poisoning.

I will be marching on May 19th.  Having fun.   If you don’t have a March,  it will be equally helpful if you use opportunities to bring Monsanto into everyday conversations.  Tell a neighbour about the court cases in California, maybe?  Or the international marches on May 19th?  . . .

7)  Monsanto will be  . . .  in court?!

2017-04-18 Legal opinion: Monsanto’s activities have negative impact on basic human rights

Arkansas Defies Monsanto, Moves To Ban Rogue Weedkiller (NPR)
http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/22/552803465/arkansas-defies-monsanto-moves-to-ban-rogue…

This miracle weed killer was supposed to save farms. Instead, it’s devastating them. (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/this-miracle-weed-killer-was-supposed-to-save-farms-…

Monsanto Fighting Arkansas Dicamba Ban (Arkansas Matters)
http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/local-news/monsanto-fighting-arkansas-dicamba-ban/806920404

Arkansas judge dismisses Monsanto lawsuit on dicamba ban,  ABC NewsFeb. 16, 2018

With our help,  the break-through will come.  It’s amazing already – – the above is just a small sampling of the mobilizations against Monsanto!

If you’d like to add to the list,  please use the “Comments” below.

Cheers!

Sandra

 URI

CBAN ‘s data used by USDA report

The US Dept of Agriculture has released its report on biotechnology in Canada. https://gain.fas.usda.gov/Recent%20GAIN%20Publications/Agricultural%20Biotechnology%20Annual_Ottawa_Canada_12-2-2016.pdf The report does three things:

1. Showcase how important the work of CBAN is:

  • (Under section on GE animals) “Canada has groups lobbying the government against GE animals, most notable is the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network which has organic and ecological farming groups, environmental groups, and international anti-GE groups amongst its members.”
  • “Currently major retail grocery chains such as Metro, IGA, and Provigo have stated that they will not be selling GE products at their seafood counters, while Costco, Walmart, and Loblaws have indicated they currently have no plans to sell GE seafood when questioned about retail sales of AquAdvantage Salmon.”
  • The USDA mentions the sales of GM fish to “Quebec and/or Ontario” and this is not sourced but it is from CBAN’s research.

2. Provide some new info on GE plantings such as:

  • GE soybean area is up 44% this year from last year due to expansion of soybean plantings into Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • GE corn area is increasing  because of Manitoba and Alberta plantings
  • Canola area in Canada has now surpassed wheat for the first time

3. Provide a run-down on GE plantings in Canada including confirming information that CBAN has on the market status of GM crops:

  • Confirm that GM potatoes could be planted this year.
  • Confirmed that GM alfalfa plantings in 2017 were less than 5000 acres.
  • Confirm no GM apples grown in Canada yet and no immediate plans.

Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN)
Collaborative Campaigning for Food Sovereignty and Environmental Justice
Phone 902 852 5555
coordinator@cban.ca
www.cban.ca

Local Wisdom from Comox Valley

What a breath of  fresh air to see  a rotten apple called a rotten apple !
The writer is Jim Boulter , current president  of Comox Valley Nature.
This excerpt is  the President’s Comments in the Jan 2018 CVN newsletter.
  Ref #3 about the non-legal basis of maximizing shareholders returns is worth reading.
 President’s Comments

      I tend to be quite ambivalent when it comes to GMO food supplies like the salmon post above. Maybe it is just my suspicious and cynical nature, but I feel that the food industry seems to be benefitting from two things, which are diametrically opposed. On the one hand, the industry considers their products so safe that no real, long term research efforts are needed to prove this fact, on the other hand these same products are so unique they get to be patented, copyrighted and licensed out. What research does get done is typically in-house, and therefore subject to at least the appearance of bias. When outsiders like the general public or journalists try to gain insight into the process, the industry uses lawyers to make sure that “proprietary information” is not released.  

   To borrow a phrase from Joseph Stieglitz, a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, these issues represent a “perverse incentive”: the top employees of these companies and their Board of Directors cannot be held personally responsible for the decisions they make, but they benefit directly from those decisions in the form of higher pay and stock options. All upside, with no downside. Look at Chemie Grunethal, the company that produced thalidomide 1, for example. A half a century later, the company has still not suffered any economic or legal repercussions for selling a woefully under-tested product to pregnant women as a sleeping and anti-nausea tonic. Can we expect any less from Monsanto and its cronies?

  Normally I do not have much in the way of solutions, but this time I do have a couple suggestions on how this can be changed.

The first is open, independent, and long-term animal testing of any GMO product designed to be eaten.

The second is to remove the ability of companies to have court decisions “sealed” so each additional victim has to re-try the case, as was done in the Ford Pinto 2 scandal.

A third thing would be to make people responsible for the “bad decisions” personally responsible. Ford for example, literally got away with murder with no repercussions.

The fourth thing that comes to mind is the supposed legal requirement that corporations act to maximize 3 the shareholders returns, which it turns out has no basis in law.

    In the meantime, and in view of the industries reluctance to have their products labeled as GMO 4, I suppose we will have to hope that those suppliers who avoid GMO label their products as non-GMO.  Given my philosophy of “I don’t plan to have an accident, but I always wear my seatbelt”,  maybe I will stay cautious and avoid GMO whenever it is known to me. Unlike the big corporations I cannot have my (GMO) cake and eat it too.  

1) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/12082527/Thalidomide-50-years-on-Justice-has-never-been-done-and-it-burns-away.html 

2) https://users.wfu.edu/palmitar/Law&Valuation/Papers/1999/Leggett-pinto.html 

3) https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/businesses-focus-on-maximizing-shareholder-value-has-numerous-costs/2013/09/05/bcdc664e-045f-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html?utm_term=.a2016cf96f67 

4) Opposition to I-522  (Washington State) came primarily from large chemical corporations (Monsanto Company, DuPont Pioneer, Dow Agro-Sciences LLC, and Bayer Crop-Science), and organizations such as Washington Friends of Farms and Forests, Northwest Food Processors, Washington Association of Wheat Growers, the Washington State Farm Bureau and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, who rallied and mounted a $46 million campaign via Nestle SA, General Mills Inc., Coca-Cola Co and PepsiCo Inc. to defeat the initiative.[16][17][18] These large donations have reportedly “shattered” previous fundraising records against any other initiative, a full month ahead of the election.[19] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Initiative_522_(2012)#Opposition

 

coordinator@comoxvalleynaturalist.bc.ca

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.

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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GM Salmon imported from Panama, sold in Quebec

La Presse broke the story today (in French) that the first GM salmon sale was imported to Quebec http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/201710/11/01-5139709-des-quebecois-auraient-mange-du-saumon-transgenique-a-leur-insu.php

Unlabelled genetically modified salmon discovered sold into Quebec, Canada

Thursday, October 12, 2017 – Montreal: Investigations by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Ecology Action Centre and the Quebec network Vigilance OGM reveal that the world’s first sale of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) salmon could have gone exclusively into the Quebec market.

“Quebeckers could have unknowingly eaten the GM salmon anywhere in restaurants, or through food service at hospitals or universities, or in processed food products sold in stores,” said Thibault Rehn of Vigilance OGM. 

Government statistics on Canadian imports show a shipment of salmon from Panama to Quebec that closely matches the amount of GM Atlantic salmon that the company AquaBounty says it sold in Canada, in the timeframe the company says it made the sale.(1) The company is currently only producing GM salmon in Panama. Canada imported more salmon from Panama this year than in previous years. 

In the company’s August 4th financial report, GM fish company AquaBounty revealed it had sold approximately 4.5 metric tonnes of GM salmon into Canada sometime between April and June 30 2017. This was the world’s first sale of a genetically modified food animal and Canada is currently the only market where this GM product can be sold. 

AquaBounty did not disclose where it sold the GM salmon or into what type of food market. However, most major retailers say that they are not selling the GM fish as fresh fillets at their seafood counters: Quebec stores Metro, IGA (owned by Sobeys) and Provigo (owned by Loblaw) say they do not sell GM salmon, and major retail chains across Canada – Costco, Federated Co-operatives Limited, Loblaw, Longo’s, Overwaitea Food Groups, and Walmart – say they are not selling it and have no plans to sell it.(2) 

“We need transparency and clear GM food labelling so Canadians can make an informed choice,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. There is no mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods in Canada. 

Environmental groups are concerned that GM Atlantic salmon production could result in escapes that would threaten wild Atlantic salmon.

 

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Health Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon for human consumption – National | Globalnews.ca

A genetically modified salmon has been approved for human consumption by Canadian food regulators, making it the first genetically modified animal to be allowed for sale at grocery stores in Canada.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Thursday they have approved AquaBounty’s genetically modified salmon after four years of testing saying the fish is as safe and nutritious as conventional salmon.

“GM foods are becoming more common every day and are part of the regular diets of Canadians,” the agency said in a statement. “GM foods that have been approved by Health Canada have been consumed in Canada for many years and are safe and nutritious.

AquAdvantage Salmon is developed by Massachusetts-based company AquaBounty and places a growth hormone gene from a Chinook salmon into the genome of Atlantic salmon, resulting in a salmon which grows faster and reaches market quicker.

The decision by Health Canada follows approval from a review from the U.S. Drug and Food Administration last year that approved the salmon for use.

Source: Health Canada approves sale of genetically modified salmon for human consumption – National | Globalnews.ca

Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN

Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon
Ottawa – August 7, 2017 –

AquaBounty revealed on August 4, in its quarterly financial results, that it has sold approximately five tonnes of genetically modified (GM or genetically engineered) Atlantic salmon fillets in Canada.(1)

This is the world’s first sale of GM fish for human consumption and has occurred without GM product labelling for Canadian consumers.

“No one except AquaBounty knows where the GM salmon are,” said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN). “The company did not disclose where the GM salmon fillets were sold or for what purpose, and we’re shocked to discover that they’ve entered the market at this time.

”Without mandatory labeling in Canada, CBAN works to track GM foods to keep Canadians informed.

“The immediate remedy is for grocery stores to commit to keeping GM salmon out,” said Sharratt.  So far, two grocery companies in Canada have published statements online responding to consumer concerns over GM salmon: IGA Quebec states that it only orders non-GM salmon, and Costco’s website states that it does not intend to sell it.(2)

“We clearly need mandatory labelling of all GM foods,” said Thibault Rehn of the Quebec network Vigilance OGM, a member group of CBAN.

There is no federal government tracking of GM products in the market and Members of Parliament voted down a Private Members Bill for mandatory GM food labelling in May.  GM salmon is approved for human consumption in the US and Canada, but there is a import ban in the US until labelling guidelines are published.

“When it comes to GM foods, Canadian consumers are shopping blind,” said Sharratt.

Source: Canadians unknowingly eating GM salmon | CBAN