Industry Position Statements
CAIA Position: Genetically Engineered Salmon Product
Salmon farmer members of the Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA), representing virtually all farmed salmon in Canada, do not farm or sell GE farmed salmon, and are not growing or researching GE salmon.
The approval of GE salmon for production and sale in Canada applies to one particular producer. We understand this decision was based on a rigorous scientific process through Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The Canadian government does not currently require labelling of GE products. We support transparency for consumers, and for our part our producers know their markets and have “egg to plate” traceability capability to demonstrate the origin of their product.
Our salmon farmers encourage consumers to ask retailers where their salmon originates when they purchase. We are reviewing our position on mandatory labeling, and recognize the United States and Europe who now require mandatory labeling for GE products.