Canadian Court of Appeal upholds genetically modified salmon approval

The Federal Court of Appeal in Canada has upheld the approval of genetically modified salmon produced by AquaBounty Technologies Inc, after dismissing an appeal brought by ecological organizations.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency had  approved AquAdvantage Salmon for production, sale and consumption in Canada in May. The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the Ministers had arrived at a decision that was “reasonable and made in the manner prescribed by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999, SC 1999, c 33.”

The appeal was brought up by Ecojustice on behalf of the Ecology Action Centre and Living Oceans Society against Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Minister of Health and the company.

“We welcome the decision made by the Court of Appeal. We thank the Ministries of Canada who were extraordinarily thorough and transparent in the review and approval of AquaBounty’s applications,” said Dr. Ronald L. Stotish, CEO of AquaBounty.

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