Contamination in Farm-Raised Salmon

From the March 2004 edition of Dr. Fuhrman’s Healthy Times:

A new study has found surprisingly high levels of PCBs and dioxin in farm-raised salmon.1

The study analyzed toxic contaminants in 700 salmon collected in markets in 16 cities in Europe and North America. PCBs were found to average 36.6 parts per billion. Researchers found that levels of both dioxin and PCBs were about 10 times higher in farm-raised salmon than in wild salmon. European-raised salmon was the most contaminated.

Not unexpectedly, American health officials’ response was that this level of contamination should not stop consumers from eating salmon. But, why should consumers unnecessarily expose themselves to known toxic carcinogens? We do not have to consume salmon to get our needed EPA and DHA fat.

If you eat salmon, eat only the wild Alaskan variety. If you eat fish once a week, use mostly the lower-fat, less contaminated fish, such as tilapia. Take DHA in supplements, rather than depending on toxic fish.

Risk analysis indicates that consumption of farmed Atlantic salmon may pose health risks that detract from the beneficial effects of fish consumption.
1. Science 2004 Jan 9;303(5655):226-9
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Elijah - November 2, 2006 9:25 AM

Great blog entry!!

Elijah Lynn
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