We urge you to take a strong public position not to intentionally purchase or sell genetically engineered (GE) salmon or other GE fish, and to make your policy known to consumers. GE fish threaten public health, the environment, wild salmon populations and fishing economies. Over 55 supermarkets and food companies have already rejected GE fish, including Target, Giant Eagle, Raley's, Trader Joe's, Aldi, Meijer, Whole Foods and many others. If these companies can do it, so can Kroger.
Americans have expressed overwhelmingly that they do not want genetically engineered salmon or other GE seafood to be approved by the Food & Drug Administration and that they would not eat it if it is approved. The FDA, however, has stated it is not likely to require grocery stores to label genetically engineered seafood, so making a strong public commitment to avoid GE fish would let your customers know they can safely shop at your seafood department without fear of unintentionally buying genetically engineered fish.
We urge Kroger--the largest supermarket chain in the U.S.--to become a leader in promoting a sustainable seafood supply and in supporting your customers’ right to know what seafood they purchase for their families.
Center for Food Safety
This petition closed 4 months ago
Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon threaten marine environments, wild salmon fisheries, and the communities that depend upon them. The risk of transgenic contamination of wild salmon has been...
Genetically Engineered (GE) salmon threaten marine environments, wild salmon fisheries, and the communities that depend upon them. The risk of transgenic contamination of wild salmon has been raised numerous times by members of the public, scientific and fishing communities, and even Congress. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Guide opposed the introduction of GE salmon "due to the inherent environmental risks involved."
We are very concerned about buying unlabeled GE salmon and are looking to food companies and retailers to assure us that they will not carry GE fish. According to a recent poll, 91% of Americans feel FDA should not introduce GE fish into the marketplace. Consumers want to make more sustainable seafood choices, and food companies, restaurants, and supermarkets need to provide them.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed the approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for commercial use. Now in its final stage of review, the GE fish would be the first transgenic animal to be approved for human consumption. Biotechnology companies are announcing plans to seek approval for other GE fish. Over one million Americans have already submitted comments to FDA opposing approval of these risky GE salmon.
We are deeply concerned about the risks to wild salmon populations, sustainable fisheries, the marine environment, and the potential effects to human health from the introduction of GE salmon. Some research has suggested that transgenic fish may be susceptible to more diseases, so the amount of antibiotics given to GE fish may be higher than the amount currently given to farmed fish. We are very concerned about buying unlabeled GE salmon and are looking to food companies and retailers to assure us that they will not carry GE fish. Sign the petition to urge these supermarkets to take a position not to purchase, sell, or serve GE salmon.
Check out theGuide to Avoiding GE Fish.