Kroger and Safeway Refuse to Sell GMO Salmon, No Matter What FDA Decides

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still busy working on approval for genetically modified salmon, another two store chains put their names on the list of places that will refuse to sell it. Kroger and Safeway, the largest retail grocery companies in the United States, have made the commitment to keep GMO salmon off of their shelves, a commitment being made by more than 9,000 stores nationwide.

Friends of the Earth is using the move to put the pressure on other grocery chains. “By making commitments to not sell genetically engineered salmon, Kroger and Safeway have joined the large number of grocery chains, from Trader Joe’s to Target, that have wisely chosen to listen to the majority of consumers who do not want to eat genetically engineered fish,” said Dana Perls, Food and technology policy campaigner with Friends of the Earth. “Now Costco, Walmart, Albertsons and other retailers need to catch up and provide their customers with what they want: natural, sustainable seafood that isn’t genetically engineered in a lab.”

It’s not just businesses that have taken a stand against the genetically engineered fish, called AquaAdvantage salmon. According to FOE, “nearly 2 million people — including scientists, fishermen, business owners, and consumers — have written to the FDA opposing the approval of genetically engineered salmon…”

The GMO salmon contains a growth gene from Chinook salmon that essentially makes the fish grow twice as fast. The FDA did a preliminary study which holds that the genetically engineered salmon would not have a significant impact on the environment (though some scientists disagree). In a New York Times poll, however, 75% of people polled said that they would not eat GMO fish.

But despite the public outcry, the FDA is still considering approval, and if it is in fact approved, has said the genetically engineered fish will most likely not be labeled. Salmon isn’t the only species going from fish to frankenfish. At least 35 other species of genetically engineered fish are currently under development and opposers highlight that this first “transgenic” animal in our food supply could set a precedent for many more.

Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus


Jim Ven
Jim Ven1 months ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

thanks for sharing :)

Stanley R.
Stanley R.2 years ago

The growth hormone of the EEL gene engineered into the salmon chromosome causes rapid swelling of the salmon tissue and increase of weight for maximum $/lb sale profit.

Monsanto and the Kochs $$$ to the tune of $44 million (both) financed the Corporate buyout of the media blitz in WA and CA media to misinform and scaremonger the public to defeat the up for the vote labeling legislation proposed vote. We still do not have mandatory labeling in America, as in some European countries.

Ban GMO, prosecute Monsanto. Hold the Kochs accountable.

Frederik De Roeck
Frederik D.2 years ago

Go vegan

Diane L.
Diane L.2 years ago

I also shop at Kroger, which is called Fred Meyer here. Glad they are "taking the ball" and not stocking such frankenfish, so I don't have to ask or do extensive research on if it might be or might not be............geez, in another C2 discussion, there are two members who are obvious supporters of GMO'd products, and one is supposedly in the health care profession, albeit animal health care. Glad she's not MY animals' health care professional.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill2 years ago

I like Kroger! In my area, they are higher but their meat section is better.

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thanks for sharing

carolyne morgan
shaela strata2 years ago

buy organic! GMOs are not allowed in organic foods. buy local, support local jobs and small indy farmers

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

To those of you saying that opposition to this 'frankenfish' is the product of fear mongering, you are correct, but you fail to identify WHAT that fear is based on. 'Farmed Atlantic Salmon', though not the product of actual genetic engineering, is a case in point. Yes, this aquaculture has produced abundant, inexpensive salmon to feed the world, but it's also produced disgusting levels of pollution in the surrounding waters, frequent outbreaks of disease that spread beyond the nets, the depletion of forage fish essential to the survival of EVERYTHING that lives in the oceans because they've been vacuumed up to make pellets to feed these salmon (along with fish oil capsules and other industrial products). Worst of all, some of these fish escape every day and mate with and outcompete their native wild cousins, who's stocks are growing perilously low as a result. This last result should trouble any sane person.

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago