Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dyed Salmon. Yum.

The European Union (always way ahead of us here in North America) is requiring salmon farms to cut the dose of pigment found in salmon feed. The pigment, called canthaxanthin, has been found to damage human eyesight by accumulating in the retina. Most of the salmon in the wild get their pink hue by eating lots of shrimp, but in the farms they would be grey if not artificially colored.

United States and Canada list canthaxanthin as “generally recognized as safe for human use” and do not restrict the use of these pink dyes in fish farms.

Dr. Fuhrman comments:

Considering that farm-raised salmon also has been found to be high in cancer-causing polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) levels and are the most PCB-contaminated source in the current U.S. food supply, it does not seem to be the “health” food most people think. Fish raised under such crowded conditions are treated with drugs, pesticides to ward off parasites, and toxic chemicals to keep nets free of algae.

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At 5:00 PM, Blogger UKBob said...

Thats very interesting. I've seen fish farms in Scotland and when you see the water all crystal clear you think the fish farmed there must be of the same quality but it seems as with most things that are farmed intensivly, it might look good but you have to ask how did it get that way.

 

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