Warning about salmon

There was some alarming news released by the Environmental Working Group about farmed salmon being contaminated with PCBs. Here are some quotes from the article, and a link to the full story. For now, I’ll buy just the wild salmon. It’s more expensive and has a fishier taste, but is worth it to avoid the toxins.

The EWG said its limited study found the farmed salmon had 16 times the PCBs found in wild salmon, four times the levels in beef, and 3.4 times the levels found in other seafood.

They said their findings are supported by other studies done in Canada, Ireland and Britain.

“In the case of farmed salmon, you have high-density fish pens off the coast of British Columbia, for example, where you have an environment that is relatively pristine but these fish are fed fishmeal from all over the world,” EWG Vice President for Research Jane Houlihan said in a telephone interview.

Often this fishmeal is heavily contaminated with PCBs, Houlihan said.

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