Additionally, the move marks the first time a genetically modified animal has been cleared for human consumption.
But not everyone is breaking out lemon juice and butter dipping sauce. Many critics oppose the creation of genetically engineered foods, or "frankenfoods," due to concerns that they're unsafe to eat and could potentially harm the environment, but the FDA notes the production and harvest of the engineered salmon will not lead to a "significant impact on the environment of the United States." The company will operate facilities on land in Panama and Canada and maintains that it's unlikely these fish will escape and get out into the wild. But for the record, "frankensushi" looks freaking delicious.
In case you're wondering, the salmon is able to grow faster because engineers insert a growth hormone from a Chinook salmon and a gene from an eel-like creature known as the ocean pout, according to a report by USA Today. Notably, current law does not require companies to label genetically modified salmon, so if you want natural, non-genetically modified, you'll have to specifically seek out salmon that are wild-caught, per the newspaper.