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Mar 8, 2014 01:41 PM

Is Farmed Scottish Salmon Safe to Eat?

We love farmed Scottish salmon, but many people say it is a poor choice for many reasons: 1) A few escape from the pens and are introduced to the wild population. 2) They contain concerning amounts of pesticides and other contaminants that may be harmful to the human neurological system, brain, or immunity. I have found many articles stating that for these reasons, it should be eaten only seldom, and some articles recommend eating it no more than 4 times per year! However, I have just come across an article published in October, 2013 in the Seattle Times stating that wild salmon farms, here and abroad, have come a long way in reducing these concerns. Their recommendation is to eat no more than 1 serving per week. I am searching for the truth here. And yes, I love my Scottish salmon, but am not willing to ruin my health to eat. Any insight from you foodies on where the truth lies?

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    1. re: Mynameisnobody

      The truth is that one whiff of the reek from a net pen is enough to put you off the stuff for life-I speak from personal experience.

    2. These days it's not an issue of country of origin but method. Net pen farming is frowned upon while recirculating systems are recommended. Nearly every major salmon-farming country has both kinds.

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      1. re: ferret

        I know this forum was fish but I'm scared as heck about anything framed from China, if I can't get my animals fresh off the boat or still alive I don't trust I being paranoid?

        1. re: Mynameisnobody

          You are right to avoid any farmed fish from china (add vietnam and thailand to the list)

          1. re: Ttrockwood

            I did kind of mean all of the Asian countries

          2. re: Mynameisnobody

            I've never seen China listed on a farmed seafood package in the past. Good to know it's a possibility.

            1. re: patsully

              I don't know about farmed, but I remember someone telling me that a package of Wild Alaskan Salmon he bought had on the back in fine print "Processed in China".
              What a waste of perfectly good fish!

                1. re: patsully

                  Nearly absolutely all frozen seafood is somehow connected to China even Cajun seasoned crawfish come from China. Sure lots of them say "wild caught " but what does that really mean...considering free range in America can mean the door was opened and they can walk out any time they want (of course they are going to stay near the food) I'm afraid wild caught in China might mean the poke a hole in the levee holding that sewage water they call a crawfish pond and catch them as they're being flushed out. I ask again an I being paranoid?