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PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:38 pm 
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How Dangerous is Farmed Salmon?


http://health.yahoo.com/ate/drweil/alld ... 1/20040113


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How Dangerous is Farmed Salmon?
Provided by DrWeil.com

Q: I heard that a new study indicates farmed salmon to have more toxins than we thought. Is this true? -- Mary Lee

A: A just-released study commissioned by the Pew Foundation measured levels of organic contaminants in 700 fish (about two metric tons), purchased from wholesalers and retailers in large cities in North America and Europe. Whole, raw, farmed salmon, farmed salmon fillets, and whole wild fish (representing five species of Pacific salmon) were tested. Fourteen chemicals were studied, including toxins such as PCBs, dioxins, dieldrin and toxaphene - all fat-soluble compounds that tend to accumulate in the fat of ocean fish.
The general findings are shocking: the expert commission found that the total organic contaminants were consistently and significantly more concentrated in the farmed salmon as a group than in wild salmon. This includes dioxins and PCBs - both believed to increase the risk of certain cancers and to be harmful to the developing brains of fetuses and infants of women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. The average dioxin level in farm-raised salmon was 11 times higher than in wild salmon, and the average PCB levels were 36.6 parts per billion (ppb) in farm-raised salmon, versus 4.75 ppb in wild salmon. The study also connected the levels of contaminants to location: farmed salmon from Europe were more contaminated than that from North or South America. The most contaminated farmed samples came from Scotland and the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic, and the least contaminated farmed samples came from Chile and Washington State in the U.S. However even the least-contaminated farmed salmon still had significantly higher contaminant levels than wild salmon.

The reason for the higher contaminant levels in farmed salmon is due to the feed given to them - a fish meal composed of ground fish and fish oil from only a few species of ocean fish. These species accumulate the toxins in run-offs from agriculture and industry that wind up in oceans. With a limited variety of fish to eat, farmed salmon are exposed to higher concentrations of contaminants than wild salmon, which eat a greater variety of fish. Researchers say it would be possible to develop oil-rich feed for farmed salmon that was free of toxic contaminants.

Based on this information, the researchers involved in this study recommend limiting consumption of farmed salmon to one-half to one meal total per month. Bottom line: I agree. Until salmon farmers clean up their acts, stick to wild Alaskan salmon (which I still strongly recommend), sardines or distilled fish oil supplements for your omega-3 fatty acids.

Andrew Weil, MD

Last Reviewed: January 2004


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:44 pm 
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Dear Cypay,

thanks for posting this. I was suspicous of salmon before but could not get reliable information on it.

Babette


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:09 am 
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do you know anything about flounder and trout?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2005 3:12 am 
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They should be fine.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 17, 2005 1:34 am 
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Today at the new moms meeting one of the girl said something about the flounder that it tends to have some sort of parasites and alike.
that was not to apetizing. She said that even in the good helthfood stores they just pick them up in the black light and that is how we buy them at store. It is amazing, I have trouble believing it but tha again...
all is possible.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2005 2:10 am 
It is trully fascinating.
I always knew that there was something "fishy" about farm raised salmon but this is toatl eye-opener. I guess it is well worth to be rather cautious about eating farm raised salmon during the pregnancy than to worry about consequences.

Amazingly enough I also found many independent sources on the internet confirming how bad farm raised salmon is. Seem like the salmon lobbyst support idea that it is totally safe but truth is that it is not.

I found that it is relatively easy to find a wild salmon at stores to buy if somebdy is set for salmon. and it tastes as good. especially smoked one mmmmmm... good.

Also - just an amazing discovery - I learned that farm raised salmon has it's color from a dye!!!! how sick is this?

oNly natural wild caught salmon is pinkish in color while the other - farm raised never would be because of the feed. So they fixed it for us - so we can enjoy the color - they add artificial color to the feed.

this is bad bad thing. Knowing how bad artificial dyes are just this thing is a big turn off for me from farm raised salmon.

and who knows what else goest to the fish feed, like all sick cows and pigs and stuff...

yack!!!


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2005 6:18 pm 
no way.. yack indeed


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