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Chinese frozen salmon [moved from L.A. board]

gsw Oct 5, 2008 04:29 PM

Hey - I've noticed that packages of flash-frozen "wild caught" salmon are showing up in my local Ralph's. The prices are great, around $7 a pound. The product is from China. there are other kinds of fish in the freezer case packaged the same way.

Each time I've seen them, I couldn't buy it because I was on my way somewhere else and couldn't keep frozen food in the car. So I haven't tried it.

Does anyone know anything about these? Is it the real deal?

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    fhong Oct 5, 2008 07:42 PM

    you answered it yourself..it's from china..i wouldn't buy it..

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    1. re: fhong
      MaryT Oct 5, 2008 08:54 PM

      I try to buy wild salmon for the omega 3 vs omega 6 dilemma. When I buy it frozen I do not usually buy it from China I must confess, and I'm glad most packaging info continues to improve with more detail frankly, much to the consternation of friends in the food industries. The big thing I find with frozen is to place it on a baking rack so it drains, instead of sitting in the water as it thaws, and thaw it very slowly in the refrigerator -- never fast defrost -- this seems to help, maybe someone disagrees.
      I have friends that say they that can't find as much wild caught as farmed fish but I seem to find it around in places myself.

    2. westsidegal Oct 5, 2008 09:56 PM

      why would you believe that any foodstuff from china is the 'real deal?'

      1. ipsedixit Oct 5, 2008 10:24 PM

        What kind of salmon was it?

        The varieties of salmon from China that I know of are from Hanghai, Bejing, Guangzhou and sometimes what dubbed "Norwegian".

        1. DockPotato Oct 6, 2008 04:22 PM

          It's been reported on other forums I visit that the Canadian catch on the Great Lakes is shipped to New York (that I verified) and from there, it is shipped to China for processing, and then shipped back to us.

          My curiosity was aroused on encountering a package of frozen Walleye at our local Sobeys marked "Product of China" and the same may be happening with the West Coast Salmon - B.C. and Alaska are closer to China than Ontario.

          Can anyone with better knowledge comment on this situation?

          1. raytamsgv Oct 6, 2008 05:08 PM

            Some species of Pacific salmon supposedly can be found in Siberia, and there is a variety of salmon that's found only in the Western Pacific. If they are actually "wild caught", they were probably caught there instead of Alaska.

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