Costco Joins a Host of Retailers Refusing to Sell GMO Salmon

Costco has become one of the largest distributors of organic products in America.

Customers weren’t so keen to GMO salmon, so they rallied in Seattle with a petition to gather 50,000 votes in asking the company to refrain from selling the GMO fish. Costco has since said that they will not sell genetically-modified salmon.

Costco joined a list of many retailers who declined to sell GMO salmon, which goes against the approval by the FDA to sell such fish. “Although the FDA has approved the sale of GM salmon, Costco has not sold and does not intend to sell GM salmon at this time,” the warehouse store chain said in a statement Friday.

This comes after the FDA cleared AquAdvantage Salmon, Massachusetts-based AquaBounty’s genetically modified fish (it grows twice as fast as normal salmon, among other things), saying “there are no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquAdvantage Salmon compared to that of other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.”

While we disagree with the FDA on this one, we find hope in Costco’s decision, and applaud Costco in joining Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and Safeway in forgoing genetically modified salmon.