Slipping a major and highly controversial announcement into the long Holiday Weekend, FDA has issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" (FONSI) on Genetically Engineered Salmon. This extraordinarily important announcement represents a substantial step towards the first human food approval by FDA for a Genetically Engineered food production animal.

Making controversial announcements on the eve of Holiday Weekends has long been a staple of American politics. However, this transparent trick will no doubt serve only to further enrage environmental groups and the six United States Senators who strenuously oppose this action.

This industry observer finds the timing of the Friday announcement to be less than impressive. Every food industry Regulatory Science professional in the US was already tuned in to Friday for the possible release of several of the more controversial Food Safety Modernization Act Proposed Rules.

We post below the Federal Register Notice (Dec 26) and the two documents released by FDA on Friday evening December 21.