November 29, 2007: WILD OR FARMED? SALMON EATERS WANT TO KNOW


WILD OR FARMED? SALMON EATERS WANT TO KNOW

Salmon of the Americas Inc.
Response to LA Times
By: John Spano, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Dated: November 29, 2007

Ocean farmed salmon producers recognize the importance of a sustainable environment for the production of ocean farmed salmon while meeting the long term growing global demand. This new industry has embraced the concept of continual improvement and has made, and continues to make much progress.

The information given in your article provided through the contributions of Ms. Jennifer Kanter are erroneous and require clarification for consumers. Your reference to farmed salmon being injected with dye is an absurdity that is fuelled by a negligent media campaign causing consumers to be misled.

It is important to point out that farmed salmon are not injected with dyes and do not contain dyes but are fed a diet rich in Astaxanthin with the same nutrient levels as found in the wild. Astaxanthin is a common dietary component in agriculture and aquaculture feed and is a vital nutrient for the fish. It is a natural and necessary nutrient that allows many fish, including salmon, to circulate and oxidize blood. Without Astaxanthin, salmon could not grow to maturity. In the wild, Astaxanthin is ingested through a salmon’s diet-like krill. In addition to Astaxanthin’s role in the salmons overall health, it turns the flesh of the fish red.

Upon further elaboration consumers will be interested in knowing that Astaxanthin is also found in other types of seafood including shrimp, lobster, and trout. Additionally, the poultry industry commonly adds Astaxanthin as a supplementary pigment to enhance yolk color in eggs.

The Salmon farming industry is committed to producing sustainable salmon. Ongoing initiatives have resulted in the development and implementation of strict industry standards that have exceeded those imposed by government.

Salmon of the Americas Inc. (SOTA) is a U.S. based non-profit association of U.S., Chilean, and Canadian salmon farming companies. Its mission is to promote the many health benefits of eating salmon.

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CHILE’S FLOURISHING FISH FARMS PROMPT FEARS FOR ECOSYSTEM

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