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Senator Murkowski fights back against GE salmon approval

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U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski has announced the next steps she is taking to fight back against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval of genetically engineered (GE) fish for human consumption.

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Senator Murkowski has been opposed to the approval of GE salmon and plans to push back against the FDA's decision by advancing her efforts for mandatory labelling and blocking confirmation in the Senate of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner.

"I will not stand back and just watch these genetically engineered creatures be placed in our kitchens and on our tables without a fight. I am furious about this decision, but now I must do everything I can to make sure it is labelled - consumers have a right to know what it is they are eating," said Senator Murkowski.

"Genetically modifying salmon is messing with nature's perfect brain food. The real thing is not only the safe choice, but it’s the best thing."

Senator Murkowski will reintroduce an updated version of her current legislation to require further research into the risks and impacts of Frankenfish, and to address the more urgent need for mandatory labelling requirements.

She also intends to block the confirmation of Robert Califf, nominee to be the next FDA Commissioner, due to the lack of cooperation and communication from the FDA surrounding its announcement to approve GE salmon.

Senator Murkowski is also standing by Costco, Target, Safeway, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and all other grocery stores who are refusing to stock GE salmon.

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