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Region/Continent and country:
Europe / Germany
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What was contaminated:
Other
GM organism involved:
Fish
Year incident occurred:
2007

Route of contamination
illegal importation

Germany - Authorities confirm GM fish report

Genetically modified fish have been illegally imported into the UK, Germany and The Netherlands.

The species Danio rerio (marketed as coral pink danios) have been genetically modified to produce both a red and a green fluorescent protein. They are marketed in the US as “GloFish” Yorktown Technologies. The original parent fish were produced in the laboratories of the National University of Singapore and have an extra RFP (Red Fluorescent Protein) gene inserted into their genome from a coral which makes them "glow" pink, under certain lighting.

The sale of the fish was first report in the UK by Practical Fishkeeping magazine in June 2006. When it was reported that shops were selling the fish as genetically modified, but it was thought that they were more likely to be dyed as no GM fish has a marketing license in the EU.


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