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CSHJR 28(FSH): Opposing the United States Food and Drug Administration's approval of AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon; urging the United States Congress to enact legislation that requires prominently labeling genetically engineered products with the words "Genetically Modified" on the product's packaging; and supporting the efforts of the state's congressional delegation to delay the confirmation of the new commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration until the United States Food and Drug Administration agrees to require labeling for genetically engineered salmon.

00                 CS FOR HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 28(FSH)                                                               
01 Opposing the United States Food and Drug Administration's approval of AquaBounty                                        
02 AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon; urging the United States Congress to                                        
03 enact legislation that requires prominently labeling genetically engineered products with                               
04 the words "Genetically Modified" on the product's packaging; and supporting the                                         
05 efforts of the state's congressional delegation to delay the confirmation of the new                                    
06 commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration until the United                                         
07 States Food and Drug Administration agrees to require labeling for genetically                                          
08 engineered salmon.                                                                                                      
09 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                               
10       WHEREAS, on November 19, 2015, the United States Food and Drug Administration                                   
11 approved AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon as safe for human                                        
12 consumption; and                                                                                                        
13       WHEREAS the approval is the first time in history that the United States Food and                               
14 Drug Administration has approved a genetically engineered animal for human consumption;                                 
01 and                                                                                                                     
02       WHEREAS a large majority of state residents oppose the approval of genetically                                  
03 engineered salmon by the United States Food and Drug Administration; and                                                
04       WHEREAS more than 2,000,000 Americans opposed the United States Food and                                        
05 Drug Administration's approval of genetically engineered salmon in the largest number of                                
06 comments the United States Food and Drug Administration has ever received on an action;                                 
07 and                                                                                                                     
08       WHEREAS more than 65 retailers, including Costco, Safeway, and Target, have                                     
09 announced that they have no plans to sell genetically modified salmon; and                                              
10       WHEREAS more than 40 members of the United States Congress have expressed                                       
11 opposition to the approval of AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon; and                                
12       WHEREAS the state has bountiful fisheries that provide wild, natural, and sustainable                           
13 seafood; and                                                                                                            
14       WHEREAS the accidental release of transgenic fish into the wild could devastate                                 
15 native fish populations and ecosystems; and                                                                             
16       WHEREAS a May 2013 McGill University research report detailed findings                                          
17 demonstrating interbreeding between genetically modified salmon and brown trout could                                   
18 occur, suggesting that the potential for similar hybridization between other closely related                            
19 species could pose risks for wild populations, including wild salmon; and                                               
20       WHEREAS the research demonstrated that transgenic hybrid salmon can outcompete                                  
21 with both wild salmon and genetically modified salmon, making hybridization relevant to risk                            
22 assessments; and                                                                                                        
23       WHEREAS, each year, thousands of salmon escape from open water net pens into the                                
24 Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, demonstrating that escapement is a serious threat to wild fish                             
25 populations; and                                                                                                        
26       WHEREAS the AquaBounty facility on Prince Edward Island is producing                                            
27 genetically engineered fish eggs and sits adjacent to a water body that is directly connected to                        
28 the Saint Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic Ocean; and                                                                   
29       WHEREAS the proximity of the AquaBounty facility to the Saint Lawrence Seaway                                   
30 and the Atlantic Ocean puts wild Atlantic salmon, which are listed under the Endangered                                 
31 Species Act, at risk; and                                                                                               
01       WHEREAS the long-term human health effects of consuming genetically engineered                                  
02 salmon are unknown;                                                                                                     
03       WHEREAS the state's congressional delegation has delayed the confirmation of the                                
04 new commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration until the United States                              
05 Food and Drug Administration agrees to require labeling for genetically engineered salmon;                              
06       BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature opposes the United States Food                                 
07 and Drug Administration's approval of AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered                                    
08 salmon; and be it                                                                                                       
09       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature urges the United States                                    
10 Congress to enact legislation that requires prominently labeling genetically engineered                                 
11 products, including AquaBounty AquAdvantage genetically engineered salmon, with the                                     
12 words "Genetically Modified" on the product's packaging, as required by state law; and be it                            
13       FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature fully supports the efforts                                   
14 of the state's congressional delegation to delay the confirmation of the new commissioner of                            
15 the United States Food and Drug Administration until the United States Food and Drug                                    
16 Administration agrees to require labeling for genetically engineered salmon.                                            
17       COPIES of this resolution shall be sent to the Honorable Barack Obama, President of                             
18 the United States; the Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice-President of the United States and                          
19 President of the U.S. Senate; the Honorable Tom Vilsack, United States Secretary of                                     
20 Agriculture; Stephen Ostroff, M.D., Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs; and the                                      
21 Honorable Lisa Murkowski and the Honorable Dan Sullivan, U.S. Senators, and the                                         
22 Honorable Don Young, U.S. Representative, members of the Alaska delegation in Congress.