AK senators oppose genetically-modified salmon

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's congressional delegation is opposing a federal report that says a genetically modified salmon that grows twice as fast as normal is unlikely to harm the environment.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday released its draft environmental assessment, clearing the way for the first approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption.

KTUU-TV reports (http://is.gd/u6fAQG ) many Alaskans see them as a threat to wild fish.

Sen. Mark Begich on Friday warned of the dangers of what he called "Frankenfish," and said he'll fight to make sure consumers have clear choices.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski noted widespread opposition by salmon and fishing groups, as well as environmental, consumer and health organizations.

Rep. Don Young said he hoped to pass labeling requirements meant to keep the modified fish off the market.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, http://www.ktuu.com

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