The FDA said in a statement issued Thursday that AquaBounty's fish had to meet several requirements to gain approval. Among them, the fish has to be safe to eat, the changing of its DNA can't be harmful to the fish, and that it has to actually grow faster, as the company is claiming.
The FDA has determined that the fish is as safe and nutritious as nongenetically modified fish, and will therefore not require the company or retailers to label the fish as genetically engineered.
"Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the FDA can only require additional labeling of foods derived from GE sources if there is a material difference — such as a different nutritional profile — between the GE product and its non-GE counterpart," according to the announcement. "In the case of the AquAdvantage Salmon, the FDA did not find any such differences."
Both the approval of the fish, and the decision not to require any labeling, have some activists upset.