Many medical, health and food safety experts condone the consumption of both farmed and wild salmon, and are speaking out about the current food safety debate.
"Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and proteins. These contaminant levels are extremely low and are not of public health concern to us."
- Terry Troxell
Director of the FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition
"We certainly don’t think there’s a public health concern here. Our advice to consumers is not to alter their consumption of farmed or wild salmon."
- The New York Times
"The recent discovery of PCBs, dioxins, and other pollutants in farmed salmon shouldn’t scare people away from the fish. Such scares must be put into the overall context of what Americans eat, and the nation’s exposure to PCBs in particular has plummeted in recent decades. Because the fish is high in heart-healthy fats, there are real benefits to consuming salmon."
- Mark McClellan
says: "Some studies will likely over-alarm people in this country. To alarm people away from fish because of some potential, at this point undocumented, risk of long-term cancer—that does worry me."
- Eric Rimm
Specialist from Harvard School of Public Health
"Numbers alone may suggest farmed salmon's benefits still outweigh any risk. One in two Americans die every year from cardiovascular disease, while the risk of developing cancer from contaminants remains uncertain and undocumented."
- Los Angeles Times
says: "PCB's have not been proved to cause cancer in people, and industry workers who were exposed to higher levels did not have a higher cancer rate."
- Dr. Michael Gallo
Specialist at the Cancer Institute at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
"As a professor of public health, I would never tell anyone to limit their intake of salmon."
"We have such wonderful technology that we can detect a particle in a billion. Whatever the contaminant in most fish, whether it's DDT, mercury, or whatever, it's going to be so low a dose that it's not going to cause harm. It's a little bit hypocritical when we eat so much junk food and are so overweight that we would start worrying about fish from good providers such as established fish markets."
- George Blackburn, M.D.
Harvard Medical School
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