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Sarah Lazare – New Nationwide Push to Keep GE Salmon Out of Waters, Off of Shelves

Food and environmental campaigners are determined to keep genetically-engineered (GE) salmon out of rivers and oceans and, at the very least, off of seafood retailers’ shelves.

To that end, people across the United States will mobilize this week to press the warehouse chain Costco Wholesale Corporation to publicly pledge that it will not sell genetically engineered salmon in its stores under any circumstances, even if they are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Costco is being targeted because it is one of the last holdouts. Over 60 retail and grocery giants—from Target to Safeway to Kroger—already pledged in June not to sell the GE fish, in response to a sustained campaign from labor, community, and environmental groups. But Costco refused to make such a promise, despite the concern of the retailer’s members.

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