What: Public Event, “Is the GM Salmon Safe? A look at the data on the health and environment risks”
Who: Featuring Michael Hansen, Ph.D., Consumers Union, US, international expert on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms. The event is presented by Islanders Say No to Frankenfish, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
When: Monday, May 13, 7:30 PM
Where: Grafton Room, Rodd Charlottetown, 75 Kent St, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Why: US company AquaBounty plans to produce all its GM Atlantic salmon eggs in PEI, for shipment to Panama for grow out and then into the US consumer market. The US government could approve the GM fish – the first GM food animal in the world – any day.
Biologist and ecologist Michael Hansen Ph.D. will provide an analysis of the data presented to the US government from the company. Dr. Hansen is in PEI for an international meeting on food labelling standards (Codex Committee on Food Labelling).
Dr. Hansen is a Senior Scientist at Consumers Union in the US. He also represents Consumers International, a federation of more than 250 organizations in 110 countries, on issues related to genetic engineering. Dr. Hansen was appointed as an international expert for two different FAO/WHO Joint Expert Consultations: Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Genetically Modified Animals, including Fish (2003) and Safety Assessment of Foods Derived from Recombinant DNA Animals (2004).
For information: Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network 613 241 2267 ext 25 firstname.lastname@example.org; Sharon Labchuk, Islanders Say No to Frankenfish 902 626 7327