OTTAWA - The federal government is refusing to say whether it is close to approving genetically modified animals for human consumption. But if they do, you may never know it.
So far, groups have applied to get approval for fish that grow twice as fast as normal, and pigs with mice DNA spliced into them.
"For confidentiality reasons, Health Canada cannot confirm whether or not a submission has been filed or any other information related to a submission," said Jenny Van Alstyne, spokeswoman for Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq.
This week, media reports revealed that scientists in the department of fisheries and oceans raised doubts about approving genetically modified fish over concerns the fish could escape from fish farms and mate with natural Canadian fish stock.