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Dutch ban genetically-manipulated aquarium GloFish

By Adriana Stuijt     Dec 12, 2008 in Environment
The Dutch government has ordered two importers of GloFish to stop importing them because they are genetically-manipulated and thus illegal under European Union guidelines.
The GloFish are produced by genetically-manipulating the popular little zebra fish (Brachudanio rerio) with the DNA from corals or jelly-fish - which cause them to glow orange-red or green in when viewed in black light.
European guidelines prohibited importation of most genetically-manipulated items. The Dutch ministry for public health and environmental hygiene confirmed that a large number of GloFish were confiscated from several aquarium outlets today after it was determined that they were genetically manipulated. The Dutch ministry has also directed internet sites which sell the GloFish to stop sending them to The Netherlands because they will be confiscated.
Several hundred specimen have already been sold and the Dutch government has asked aquarium hobbyists to take them back to the shops.
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