NANFA-- FW: Farmed salmon high in PCBs, study says

Jay DeLong (
Fri, 17 May 2002 15:36:39 -0700

Farmed salmon high in PCBs, study says A Canadian researcher who has found
elevated levels of PCBs in British Columbia farmed salmon has published a
scientific paper saying that eating as little as one meal a week of the fish
could be dangerous. The finding is based on one of the first studies to look
at contaminant levels in farmed fish, which are raised in pens along the
seacoast and fed fishmeal pellets made of the processed remains of other
creatures. Michael Easton, a Vancouver geneticist who led the study, said
the farmed salmon he
tested had far higher levels of most contaminants than wild fish. The farmed
fish contained
nearly 10 times the toxic load of some types of PCBs, or polychlorinated
biphenyls, as wild
salmon. (05/17/02)
Toronto Globe and Mail

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Jay DeLong
Olympia, WA
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