Farm salmon high in pcbs
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Study: Farm Salmon High in PCBs
by Cristina Domingues
photo by Bryan Beard
Published Jan 24, 2004
Americans are the largest consumers of farm-raised salmon in the world. In the last 20 years, farmed salmon tripled the world's supply of the fish. That's why a new study is causing so much debate.
The scientific journal Science found compared to wild salmon farmed salmon had higher levels of cancer causing PCBs and dioxins. But some are telling consumers not to worry.
"According to the statistics of the FDA, the levels are low,” said fish market owner Nick Vasalos. “We can eat the farm-raised fish. It is healthy and it’s good."
Nutritionists say fish like salmon, rich in omega fatty acids, can help prevent heart disease.
"You don't want to eliminate fish so having smaller amounts, maybe a quarter of a pound instead of a 6oz or 8oz portion, and have it twice a week, “ said nutritionist Dorothy Humm. “And not have just salmon or just tuna."
Some experts say consumers should worry more about making sure they have a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.