Alison Van Eenennaam, PhD is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in Animal Biotechnology and Genomics at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests lie in animal genetics, genetic improvement of food animals, agricultural biotechnology, and related public policy.
"The principles of food labeling are the same, whether or not the food is made from a genetically engineered (GE) plant or a GE animal.
1. Labels cannot be false
2. Labels cannot be misleading
3. Label must describe basic nature of the food (e.g. Atlantic salmon)
4. FDA cannot require labels include information about production methods if there is no material difference in the products due solely to the production process
5. Voluntary labeling is allowed if it is not false or misleading
Based on my evaluation of all of the facts in the AquAdvantage briefing packet and relevant scientific literature, and my reading of the applicable principles of food labeling, I do not consider that the data shows that there are “material” differences between food derived from AquAdvantage salmon and foods from other Atlantic salmon. Therefore, in the absence of a material difference, mandatory labeling is not required. Of course, voluntary labeling is allowed if it is not false and misleading."
Van Eenennaam, A.L., Chassy, B., Kalaitzandonakes, N. and Redick, T., 2014. The potential impacts of mandatory labeling for genetically engineered food in the United States. Issue Paper-Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, (54).
Van Eenennaam, A. L., & Muir, W. M. (2011). Transgenic salmon: a final leap to the grocery shelf?. Nature Biotechnology, 29(8), 706-710.