Salmon GMOS to the restaurant and to the hospital?

News 19 December, 2017
  • Marie-Eve Dumont

    Monday, December 18, 2017 22:49

    Monday, December 18, 2017 22:49

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    Quebecers may have eaten the genetically modified salmon in a restaurant, or the cafeteria of a hospital or a school, without it being possible to know.

    “We were able to confirm that this is actually the genetically modified salmon, which arrived at Quebec during the month of June, as we suspected,” underlines Thibault Rehn, a spokesperson of Vigilance on GMOS, which calls for the mandatory labelling of genetically modified products.

    The organization has tried to find out which companies had bought the famous salmon by filing a request for access to information with the canadian Agency of food inspection.

    Five cargo

    The documents, which The Journal has obtained a copy, indicated that five cargoes of salmon from the company AquaBounty, the only producer of genetically modified salmon in the world, were received at the airport in Montreal in June, from Panama.

    All in all, 4.5 tons of salmon were received from us in a month, which is equivalent to a little more than 9920 nets of a book.

    This Atlantic salmon, called AquAdvantage, contain a gene from the Pacific salmon in order to accelerate its growth. It would be just as good as the salmon regularly, according to Health Canada. Questions persist regarding the long-term effects of its consumption, in addition to the ethical issues and environmental raised. Its labelling is not mandatory in the country.

    Information redacted

    Four out of five of these commands were intended for the restoration, which includes “any product intended for sale to institutions and foodservice establishments,” according to the definition of the Agency.

    These salmon may therefore have been used for the preparation of food in restaurants, but also hospitals, schools or child care facilities.

    The fifth shipment was intended for sale direct to the consumer.

    The information on the name of the companies that have purchased the salmon, have been redacted at the request of the latter, in the documents received.

    The three largest chains, Loblaw (Provigo-Maxi), Sobeys (IGA) and Metro (Super C), have already said they do not sell. Aquabounty has not been recalled by The Newspaper.