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Genetically modified salmon approved for sale in Canada

On May 19, Health Canada approved AquAdvantage Salmon, created by AquaBounty Canada Inc. for both human and livestock consumption. The salmon are genetically modified to grow faster and therefor reach market size sooner than conventional farmed salmon, but studies found that it is otherwise the same as conventional salmon. Though they are genetically modified, they will not be labelled as such when sold in stores because there are no health risks or significant changes to the nutritional qualities of the food. “The science behind the salmon involved the introduction of a growth hormone gene from Chinook salmon into the genome of Atlantic salmon,” said Health Canada’s decision summary. Genetically modified salmon will not be raised in B.C. anytime soon. “Salmon farmers in B.C. are proud to produce the healthiest and freshest salmon in the world,” said the B.C. Salmon Farmers Association in a press release. “They do not farm or sell GMO salmon, nor are they researching or considering the possibility of raising transgenic fish.”…

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Oceana Report Reveals Mislabeling of America’s Favorite Fish: Salmon

This past fall, international marine watchdogs Oceana released a report detailing the widespread issue of mislabeling among America's favorite food-fish: salmon. The study collected 82 salmon samples from restaurants and grocery stores and found that 43 percent were mislabeled. DNA testing confirmed that most of the mislabeling (69 percent) consisted of farmed Atlantic salmon being sold as wild-caught product. Oceana found mislabeled salmon everywhere it…

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Melissa D’Arabian’s Holiday Salmon Roast

Who says a holiday roast has to be red meat or poultry? Take a page from my French husband's family's book of traditions and serve salmon. I like to buy one single large fillet if possible, then serve it on the largest platter I can find. It makes for a pretty dramatic and colourful holiday meal centrepiece. Plus, roasted salmon is incredibly easy, quick (taking…

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