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Safeway And Kroger Won't Sell GE Salmon

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Though grocery stores are already filled with genetically engineered (GE) plant products, no GE animals have been approved for sale in the U.S.

That could soon change. The Food and Drug Administration has spent years considering whether to approve a controversial fast-growing GE fish called AquAdvantage, and it has signaled that approval is likely. But two of the country’s largest grocery chains — Safeway and Kroger (which owns Fred Meyer and QFC) — have joined a long list of stores that say they won’t sell GE salmon, even if it is approved by the FDA.

While grocers are choosing not to sell the product, some say too much is being made of this one case. Greg Jaffe, director of the biotechnology project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says analysis of the environmental concerns that would come with widespread use of GE animals is a more pressing issue.

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