On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first biotech animal intended for food, Aquabounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon. The AquAdvantage salmon is an Atlantic salmon that has been produced to grow to market size faster than a non-engineered farmed salmon, in as little as half the time.
FDA determined that food from AquAdvantage Salmon is as safe to eat and as nutritious as food from other non-biotech Atlantic salmon and that there are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.
FDA issued Guidance for manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from biotech or non-biotech sources
For more information, please see the following resources:
IFIC Snapshot: Animal Biotech
(Includes insights from IFIC independent expert Eric Hallerman, PhD, Professor and Head of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech University)
IFIC Foundation: Food Biotechnology: A Communicator's Guide to Improving Understanding
(Available in 7 additional languages here)