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Ban & Jerry's weighs in on genetic foods

Sept. 17, 2010 at 1:34 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has joined the debate in Washington over genetically modified salmon, observers said.

Speaking at a Washington protest Thursday, Ben & Jerry's CEO Jostein Solheim said his company won't use products consumers are not interested in buying, Canadian Broadcasting Corp. News reported.

"Most Americans do not want to eat food made from genetically engineered animals. ... Ben & Jerry's certainly has no interest in using foods from animals that are genetically engineered in our product," Solheim said.

"Today it's a fish that we're talking about, but very soon it will be a genetically engineered pig, a chicken, even, God forbid, our beloved cows," he said.

The protest in Washington was organized by people opposed to the genetically modified salmon produced by Canadian company Aqua Bounty at its facility near Prince Edward Island.

Aqua Bounty is approaching the end of a long process to have its genetically modified salmon approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

A coalition of groups from both the United States and Canada organized the Washington rally.

A report by scientists from the FDA concluded the Aqua Bounty salmon, engineered to grow at twice the normal rate, are not significantly different from other salmon as a food.

The FDA will hold public hearings on the fish Sunday and Monday.

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