Aquaculture North America

Norway to revise GMO classification regs

December 14, 2017
By Liza Mayer

Norway is updating the way it classifies GMO organisms, a move that could impact the countrys farmed salmon industry.

The proposal is open for public comment until May 5, 2018 and the result could impact which organisms will be regulated by the 24-year-old Gene Technology Act; how these organisms will be regulated; and will dictate the appropriate requirements for labelling and traceability.

Norway’s salmon farming industry is anticipated to participate in the dialogues and debates. The world’s first GMO salmon was engineered in Norway in the 1980s.

The need to classify GMOs is important at a time when the technology has become very accessible.

“New techniques are easier and cheaper to use than first generation genetic engineering technology, and give many more opportunities for changing DNA than ever before,” said the advisory board.

Norwegians have the chance to weigh in on the proposed changes to their GMO regulations until May 5

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