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How to Avoid Eating GM Salmon

Updated April 2019

GM Atlantic salmon is the world’s first GM food animal. It is only being sold in Canada, but it is not labelled as genetically modified.

Farm Boy sign

Picture taken at the seafood counter at a Farm Boy store in Ottawa, June 2018

If I want to avoid eating GM salmon, what salmon should I buy?

If the GM salmon is not labelled, how can I trust my grocery stores’ statement that they are not selling it at their seafood counter?

All of Canada’s major grocery chains have told CBAN that they have no plans to sell the GM salmon: Costco, Federated Co-operatives Ltd, IGA (Owned by Sobeys), Loblaw, Longo’s, Metro, Overwaitea Food Groups, Sobeys, Walmart Canada.

Grocery stores can ask their suppliers to only sell them non-GM salmon. Grocery stores and other food companies have a lot of power to source non-GM salmon and other non-GM products. They have access to the people who could buy salmon directly from the GM fish company.

GM salmon packaged in Panama for shipping to Canada. Screenshot from video about AquaBounty’s Panama facility.

The current statements from grocery stores mostly apply to seafood counters: click here to see the exact statements.You can also check here to see which companies own your local store and find contact information.

Which companies say they are not selling GM salmon?

Click here for the list of grocery stores in Canada that say they have no plans to sell the GM salmon. Also, the foodservice company Sodexo asks for non-GM animals only.

Take Action

  1. Write to the head office of your grocery store to confirm that they are not selling GM salmon.
  2. Write to the head office of you favourite sushi chain or favourite restaurant to ask them not to sell the GM salmon

Contact us to let us know what they tell you.

More Details

Click here for more details and background on the GM salmon.