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FDA Petitioned to Review Genetically Engineered Salmon More Rigorously

EMSL Analytical provides cutting-edge GMO testing services


This week three consumer advocate groups petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to re-classify a new genetically engineered salmon so it can be scrutinized under a more rigorous review process before being sold.
If it is approved, the salmon would be the first genetically altered animal allowed for human consumption in the United States.
The new fish, created by AquaBounty Technologies’ AquAdvantage, is now classified as a new animal drug for the FDA review, but consumer groups say it should be treated as a food additive. Products classified as food additives are subject to a tougher FDA review than animal drugs, which activists believe is necessary for the genetically engineered fish.

 “The food industry is encountering new challenges, and EMSL Analytical is constantly assessing and implementing new technologies and methods to serve our clients better,” states Charles Li, Ph.D., Director of PCR and DNA Analysis Laboratory at EMSL. “We offer advanced testing services for GMO, food adulteration, and quality control, and our results are legally defensible.”

For more information on EMSL’s food testing services, please contact EMSL at (800) 220-3675, email, or visit or

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical, Inc. is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies. Please see our website for a complete listing of accreditations.


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