RE: NANFA-- Atlantic Salmon

Jay DeLong (
Tue, 9 Jul 2002 09:23:54 -0700

> Just out of interest, many people over here, including myself now totally
> avoid eating farmed Salmo salar, as medical guidelines indicate
> that due to
> pesticide levels present more than one portion per week (whatever
> a 'portion
> is) could be potentially damaging.
> It is recommended that children should not eat farmed salmon at all, the
> levels are so high!

It would be very useful if you could cite that study. Could you be thinking
of lake trout/char in the Great Lakes? Don't eat those for sure. Atlantic
and Pacific salmon aquaculture occurs in saltwater in floating net pens. I
can't see where pesticides would be a problem. I'd think levels of
antibiotics in the flesh would be more of a health issue. Pesticide residue
would be a problem in freshwater, but even there it's manageable by rearing
the fish in cages or pens that are held off the bottom, and feeding them a
safe processed food.

Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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