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Is GM salmon on the menu?
If you order salmon at your favorite restaurant and this is not wild salmon, you could be eating GM salmon. All Atlantic salmon is farmed salmon and some Atlantic salmon is now genetically modified.
Writing a letter to the owner or manager of the restaurant can be very influential. If you ask employees when you are at restaurants and stores, they will likely not have the information you are seeking and may not pass your concerns on to the decision-makers in the company.
Please send any response you get to CBAN: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is some possible language and information you could incorporate into a letter to your restaurant:
I am a customer. I love your restaurant.
Please send me your assurance that you are not selling genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered) salmon.
The GM salmon is the world’s first GM food animal and is hugely controversial, including because of environmental concerns.
GM food is not labelled and GM salmon could be sold to you without any labelling or disclosure. Please ask your supplier to only sell non-GM salmon to you.
- At the moment, the GM salmon is only produced in Panama, by the company AquaBounty. They are producing a limited number of GM salmon.
- In 2017, a total of 4.5 tonnes of GM salmon was bought into Canada by the wholesalers Montreal Fish Co. and Sea Delight Canada. More GM salmon is being imported to Canada this year.
Please ensure that the world’s first GM salmon is not on your menu.
I look forward to your response.
P.S. For more information on GM salmon please see the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network’s website www.cban.ca/fish