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US retailers pledge against selling genetically modified salmon

RBR Staff Writer Published 21 March 2013

Several American retailers, including Trader Joe's, Aldi and Whole Foods, have decided to refrain from selling genetically modified salmon.

The development comes despite the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being in the final stages reaching a decision on whether to allow the GM salmon into the market.

If a decision is made in the affirmative, the AquaBounty Technology's salmon would be the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply, reported The Guardian.

The retailers' decision, however, is more indicative of the public perception of genetically engineered food products.

Aside from the major retailer, several regional traders have also joined hands against the selling of GM foods, and between them control over 2,000 outlets - albeit a fraction of supermarket stores across the US.