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August 17, 2005

Will eating Farmed Salmon cause Cancer?

Topics: Health Issues

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Should you eat farmed salmon? The short answer is not very often. In a recent study, consumption of farmed salmon at relatively low frequencies has been shown to result in elevated exposure to dioxins and dioxin-like compounds with commensurate elevation in estimates of health risk, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxaphene, dieldrin, dioxins, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers occurred at higher concentrations in European farm-raised salmon than in farmed salmon from North and South America.

The American Heart Association recommends eating fish/salmon and their products to prevent heart disease. On the other hand, eating farmed salmon has been reported to cause cancer. Here's a few major reports and some background information about farmed salmon and PCBs so that you can make a sound decision.

Consumers may have difficulty distinguishing between farmed and wild salmon, because many stores and restaurants don't clearly label them. Wild salmon is three to four times as expensive, but some retailers confuse the issue by identifying farmed salmon as "Atlantic salmon."

Should you stop eating farm salmon(Atlantic Salmon) altogether? The answer is no, but do limit the amount of farmed salmon you eat to one serving once a month.

Here's a few suggestions:

# Trim the skin and the visible fat as PCBs are store in the fat portion
# Prepare your salmon to reduce a significant portion of fat such as grilling and broiling
# Try canned salmon as almost all of them are wild salmon


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