What’s In Farmed Salmon?

Growing Reports about Health Risks to Consumers

Norway Issues Warnings About Health Dangers of Farmed Salmon

– July 9, 2013 – Mercola.com article

Dr. Anne-Lise Birch Monsen at the University of Bergen, Norway, has raised serious concerns about high levels of contaminants in farm-raised salmon. The contaminants in question originate in wild salmon, courtesy of environmental pollution. These toxic contaminants bind to the fat molecules in wild fish, and when these fish are ground up for use in fish meal together with added high-fat fish oils, these molecules can enter your body where they bind to your cells.

While this can certainly cause health problems for you, it can also pose a very serious threat to the health of your unborn children. As explained by Morton, when you give birth, your body dumps up to 90 percent of the accumulated toxins in your body into the body of your first-born child. More toxins are later expelled through your breast milk. This is why it’s so critical to avoid toxic exposures throughout childhood and early adulthood, to prevent damage to future generations as well as your own life cycle…
I do not recommend pregnant women, children or young people eat farmed salmon. It is uncertain in both the amount of toxins salmon contain, and how these drugs affect children, adolescents and pregnant women… The type of contaminants that have been detected in farmed salmon have a negative effect on brain development and is associated with autism, ADD / ADHD and reduced IQ. We also know that they can affect other organ systems in the body’s immune system and metabolism.

~ Dr. Anne-Lise Birch Monsen
Scientists warn against eating farmed salmon
– Aftenposten, June 10,2013 (translated)

In 2006, Russia banned Norwegian farmed salmon, claiming it contained excessive amounts of lead and cadmium (originating from the feed). The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (FSA) rejected the accusations, but Dr. Claudette Bethune, a researcher at the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) spoke out6 saying that “given the amount of research, there is no way Norway can be so sure its salmon is completely safe.” She also told the media that the FSA’s recommendations on how much salmon is safe to eat actually exceeded the level set by the World Health Organization (WHO) for poison ingestion.

Despite that, and in the midst of all these rising concerns over the past several years, a June 17 story in the Norwegian media revealed that Norway lobbied the EU to raise the permissible level of toxins in salmon feed, which has now been granted:
After yesterday’s debate on the danger of eating farmed salmon due to high levels harmful pollutants, it was revealed Norwegian authorities have lobbied in EU to allow more toxin level in salmon. According to Aftenposten’s report, Norway has for years tried to get the EU to allow 10 times more toxin [Endosulfan – a bioaccumulative toxin] in salmon than previously allowed. Now, Norway has received approval in the EU.

The consultation document from the FSA shows that there are economic reasons why Norway is eager to raise the limit. “The limit value for the concentration of endosulfan in feed for salmonids is of great economic importance for the aquaculture industry in the short and longer term,” stated the letter. Endosulfan was previously forbidden to use in feed for all salmonids, but research has shown that fish can withstand poison through better feed than by being exposed to it in the water.

Norway Lobbied to Raise Toxin Level in Salmon Feed
– Oct.6, 2013 – The Nordic Page

Aquaculture company on the hook for $500K for pesticide use
– April 26, 2013 – CBC News
A New Brunswick aquaculture company has been ordered to pay $500,000 after pleading guilty to two charges in connection with the deaths of hundreds of lobsters in the Bay of Fundy from an illegal pesticide about three years ago…

According to the agreed statement of facts presented to the court, Kelly Cove Salmon “acquired significant quantities of cypermethrin-based pesticide from a specialized supplier in 2009.”

The company used the cypermethrin at 15 of its sites in six different communities between October 2009 and November 2010 “in an effort to control sea lice infestation and the associated losses to the company.”

Cypermethrin is an agricultural pesticide that’s illegal for marine use in Canada and toxic to lobsters. It’s a fast-acting insecticide and has been used to kill sea lice in European fish farms.

Sea lice are a parasitic crustacean that feed on the flesh of farmed salmon until the salmon die or the sea lice are removed.

“For a number of years, the aquaculture industry in southwest New Brunswick was using an in-feed additive commonly known as ‘Slice’ to control sea lice infestations in farmed fish,” the court documents state.

However, sea lice appeared to develop a resistance to the product and its efficacy decreased over time.

By the fall of 2009, there were “severe” sea lice infestations in the southwest Bay of Fundy salmon farms, according to the court documents…


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