Restaurants could be first to get genetically modified salmon from AquaBounty

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The salmon produced by AquaBounty is the first genetically modified animals approved for human consumption in the U.S. Now it could be served in restaurants by late next year.

AquaBounty hasn’t sold any fish in the U.S. yet but according to AP News, soon the fish can be available in restaurants or university cafeterias.

In June, AquaBounty began commercial production at its Indiana facility in the United States. The eggs were shipped to the U.S. from the company’s Canadian location last month after clearing final regulatory hurdles.

AquAdvantage Salmon are bioengineered to grow to market size in about half the time of a traditional farmed Atlantic salmon. “It significantly improves the economics of producing salmon in land-based contained facilities,” the company claims.

Sylvia Wulf, AquaBounty’s CEO, said to AP News the company believes in transparency but questioned why people would want to know whether the fish are genetically modified.

“It’s identical to Atlantic salmon, with the exception of one gene,” she said.