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People living in glass houses …

Marine Harvest should "practice what it preaches"


Marine Harvest asks for genetically-modified salmon to be specifically labelled.
Marine Harvest asks for genetically-modified salmon to be specifically labelled.

People living in glass houses, shouldn’t throw stones. Thi­s did not prevent the world’s largest producer of farmed salmon, Marine Harvest, chucking a large boulder in the direction of the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the labelling on farmed salmon products. Marine Harvest appears to be concerned about the prospect of the FDA authorising the sale of genetically modified (GM) salmon on the American market.

Marine Harvest said, “With the existing labelling regime, it will be impossible for the consumer to know whether the salmon they are buying is genetically modified. If GM is to be approved for consumption Marine Harvest asks for it to be specifically labelled. It is critical that salmon farming is produced in a way that minimises the negative impact on the environment.”

UK labelling regulations require farm salmon products to state their country of origin, and that they are farmed fish as distinct from wild fish. So how does Marine Harvest comply with these regulations? In many cases the country of origin is given as being either Norway or Scotland, rather than the specific country; although it has to be said that Marine Harvest follows regulations to letter of the law. However, and sadly, often in such small print that it is very difficult to read. Nevertheless, I agree that “It is critical that salmon farming is produced in a way that minimise the negative impact on the environment”. I only wish that here in Scotland Marine Harvest would practice what it preaches. In my opinion it doesn’t.

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