Canadian consumers accepted genetically engineered salmon
The genetically engineered fish were produced by AquaBounty Technologies, the biotech company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture market and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation.
They were grown in a RAS facility in Panama over a period of 18 months.
The sales – after 25 years of existence the first for the Canadian-headquartered firm – were among the highlights of their financial results for the second quarter of the year, and followed on from the company gaining regulatory approval from Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency last year.
The fillets were sold at market price, for a total of $53,000 – the equivalent of $11.77 per kilo. ■