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Quote of the Day - In Mexico, we have a word for sushi: bait. - Jose Simon

Farm-raised Salmon Allegedly High in Dioxin & PCB Pollutants

Farm-raised salmon have 1.88 ppb (parts per billion) of PCBs and dixons compared to 0.17 ppb for wild salmon. It generally costs $4-5 for a pound of farm salmon, and $15 for wild salmon, according to this Associated Press article.

The Food & Drug Administration does not set safe levels for these contaminants. Beyond not eating farm-raised salmon, there appears to be an easy fix: stop using feed that contains these high levels of pollutants, according to the Environmental Working Group.

The study, published in Science magazine (free, but time-consuming registration required just to review the abstract) indicates that feed is the source of the pollutants. But, you've got to love the internet. The Pew Charitable Trusts, which funded the study, published the entire study on its site.

Despite the findings, the FDA said the levels of pollutants found in salmon are too low for serious concern. The agency urged Americans not to let the new research frighten them into a diet change.

"We are certainly not telling people not to eat fish. ... We're telling them to eat less farmed salmon," said David Carpenter of the University at Albany, N.Y., who tested 700 salmon from around the world.

I don't like salmon, and now I've got an even better reason to avoid it - well, at least the farm-raised stuff, even if it is colored pink.   But that assumption may not be the entire story.  There's a completely different perspective offered by the Free Market Project.

Posted by J. Craig Williams on 1/9/2004 at 10:45 Comments (0)


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