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Hy-Vee Reaffirms Stance on Genetically Engineered Salmon

November 25, 2015 | News & Press Releases


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (Nov. 24, 2015) — Despite last week’s decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to grant permission for genetically engineered salmon to be sold in the United States, Hy-Vee, Inc. will not and does not purchase or sell genetically modified or genetically engineered seafood. It is Hy-Vee’s intent to sell seafood that is safe for consumption and harvested or raised in a responsible manner.

Hy-Vee is committed to selling high-quality seafood that also is harvested or raised in a manner that provides for its long-term sustainability while minimizing damage to the environment and other sea life. In order to protect marine resources and ensure future seafood supplies, Hy-Vee strongly believes that genetically engineered seafood has no place in its stores.

Genetically modified and genetically engineered seafood products are inconsistent with Hy-Vee’s Seafood Procurement Policy, which can be found here. Hy-Vee’s commitment to not sell genetically engineered seafood also is highlighted on the Friends of the Earth pledge website at

Hy-Vee has been nationally recognized for its seafood sustainability efforts. For example, it was ranked third out of the 25 largest supermarket chains in the United States in the 2015 Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report by Greenpeace.

For more information on Hy-Vee’s sustainable seafood program, visit:


Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit