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  • Cancer warning over Scottish farmed salmon

    Paul Brown and Kirsty Scott
    Friday January 9, 2004
    The Guardian

    Levels of cancer-causing toxins in Scottish farmed salmon are so high that consumers are being advised not to eat more than one portion every two months to safeguard their health.

    Some scientists were so alarmed by the findings that they believe that young girls and women of child bearing age would be advised not to eat Scottish salmon at all for fear of causing birth defects and brain damage in their unborn children.

    Others argued that the health gains from eating oily fish outweigh the disadvantages.

    The research, published in today's Science magazine, which analysed salmon samples bought around the world, including from shops in London and Edinburgh, concluded that salmon farmed in Scotland and the Faroe Islands was the most contaminated in the world. Wild salmon was given a clean bill of health and farmed salmon from Chile and North America, while containing some pesticides and dioxins, was cleaner than that from the North Atlantic.

    Some of the most dangerous chemicals associated with cancer - dieldrin, lindane, dioxins and PCBs, now all banned or carefully controlled - were found in samples of Scottish salmon.

    The size of the sample was massive, with 594 individual whole salmon purchased and 144 fillets in cities across Europe and North America - a total of two tonnes of fish. The study, by a group of American universities, is the largest of its kind.

    The researchers recommended that only a half to one meal of eight ounces of farmed salmon should be eaten a month. More than that and the risk of cancer would be increased by at least one case in 100,000.

    In addition to analysing the fish, the researchers looked at the pellet food they were given. The fish food, derived from wild fish caught by trawlers, was found to contain similarly high levels of pollutants.

    The problem appears to derive from the fact that the wild fish used to make the pellets are often captured on the bottom of the North Atlantic where rivers wash contaminants into the sea.

    By contrast, wild salmon that eat in the open sea had low contaminants.

    The research enraged the Scottish salmon industry, which said it took no account of the health benefits.

    Julie Edgar of Scottish Quality Salmon, the industry watchdog, said: "They have come to this bizarre conclusion without having taken any consideration of the health benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids that are in oily fish."

    The Food Standards Agency was more cautious but said the salmon was within the safety levels set by the World Health Organisation and the European Union. It said that on average in the UK people ate only one quarter of a portion of oily fish a week.

    John Krebs, the agency's chairman, said: "We advise that the known benefits of eating one portion of oily fish [a week] outweigh any possible risks.

    "There is good evidence that eating oily fish reduces the risk of death from recurrent heart attacks and that there is a similar effect in relation to first heart attacks."

    Environmental groups called for clearer labelling so that consumers can tell whether the fish they are buying is wild or farmed, and where it has come from.

    Mary Taylor, Friends of the Earth chemicals campaigner, said: "This study shows yet again how the use of persistent chemicals contaminates our environment and food sources, which can be magnified by intensive farming practices. Consumers and retailers alike should be shocked by these findings.

    "Better labelling and consumer information would allow consumers to minimise the risks, but we also need to ensure that new chemicals legislation properly protects the environment from persistent chemicals in the long run."

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/fish/story...119337,00.html
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    I eat Scottish salmon quite a bit.


    Some scientists were so alarmed by the findings that they believe that young girls and women of child bearing age would be advised not to eat Scottish salmon at all for fear of causing birth defects and brain damage in their unborn children
    And they are still continuing to sell it?
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    • #3
      i dnt eat salmon..the stuff stinks !
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      • #4
        No it doesn't. :p

        And its an excellent source of nutrition. :D
        What does 'freedom' mean?

        Does the eagle want to swim in the sea,
        Restricted by the sky?

        Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
        Not enough river to explore?

        Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
        but death for the fish,

        The sea is wide for the fish
        but will engulf the bird.

        We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
        We can only express our nature as it was created.

        The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
        freedom from slavery to other than the One,
        Who offers an shoreless ocean of love to swim in
        and a horizon that extends to the next life,
        Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ze leetle elper
          No it doesn't. :p

          And its an excellent source of nutrition. :D
          yes it does! stinks up the whole house if u cook it!

          plus, im kind of allergic 2 fish..break out in a rash
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          • #6
            Originally posted by ze leetle elper


            I eat Scottish salmon quite a bit.



            And they are still continuing to sell it?
            Don't be surprised. "There is no evidence that xxxxx is damaging to human health" actually means "There's no evidence either way. In twenty years when people either die from this stuff, or are perfectly okay then we'll have evidence"

            It was what they said with BSE... proved wrong about that. They say it about pesticide residues in food, and they say it about GM food. And then when evidence *does* come up (like the first few cases of BSE, like the people who are adversely affected by Aspartame (Nutrasweet) and quite a lot of other things) they say it oh so carefully so as not to upset the industry. And when there is evidence to suggest that there may be a risk, but it isn't conclusive enough, they don't say anything.

            They knew enough in the 1920s to prevent BSE or something similar occurring, and had absolutely no excuse to not figure out that feeding cows brains to cows was a bad idea in the 1960's A few years ago, Oprah Winfrey was sued for saying that she didn't want to eat American beef, after her show investigated the likelyhood of US getting a BSE outbreak. Dispite what had happened in Britain, the US continued to feed cows brains to cows. Oprah Winfrey was sued for pointing out that this was a bad idea. And now the USA has BSE. Surprise sur-blimmin-prise!

            There is plenty of evidence that pesticide residue is at least contributing to cancer - like that some of them are known carcinogens, other supress the immune system (your immune system protects you against cancer by zapping cells that go wrong) - and the fact that cancer rates started increasing when they started using pesticides. But hey, they still use pesticides...

            and the same people that brought you all that now bring you... da da daaaaaa! Genetically modified food!
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            • #7
              Salmon farmers reject cancer claimshttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main...portaltop.html
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              • #8
                What's All the Fuss About Salmon? http://www.news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=2389693
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                • #9
                  didnt the UK scientists here come up with eveidence against it being harmful, & showin benefits? they said eat it once a week innit?
                  who 2 believe???
                  oh well, dont eat it so much neway
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                  • #10
                    man has destroyed the healthy, nutritional benefits of eating fish

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                    • #11
                      Im Just curious why they call it Scottish Salmon?

                      what if it swam from England of europe or something? t wud not be scottish by native descendant right?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by sajid
                        Im Just curious why they call it Scottish Salmon?

                        what if it swam from England of europe or something? t wud not be scottish by native descendant right?
                        well it would still be distinguished by it's kilt and haggis... and bagpipes
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sajid
                          Im Just curious why they call it Scottish Salmon?

                          what if it swam from England of europe or something? t wud not be scottish by native descendant right?
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seven
                            well it would still be distinguished by it's kilt and haggis... and bagpipes
                            :freedom:
                            What does 'freedom' mean?

                            Does the eagle want to swim in the sea,
                            Restricted by the sky?

                            Does the fish want to dance on the wind,
                            Not enough river to explore?

                            Yet the sky is freedom for the bird
                            but death for the fish,

                            The sea is wide for the fish
                            but will engulf the bird.

                            We ask for freedom but freedom to do what?
                            We can only express our nature as it was created.

                            The prayer mat of the earth is freedom,
                            freedom from slavery to other than the One,
                            Who offers an shoreless ocean of love to swim in
                            and a horizon that extends to the next life,
                            Yet we chose the prison and call it freedom.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by anna2000uk
                              didnt the UK scientists here come up with eveidence against it being harmful, & showin benefits? they said eat it once a week innit?
                              who 2 believe???
                              oh well, dont eat it so much neway
                              The UK scientists say that, but scandinavian scientists say something different, like eat it very rarely (forget their exact words)

                              The health benefits of oily fish is the omega 3 and omega 6 oils, which can be found in olive oil, hemp oil and avocado, and other things I can't think of right now. Some nuts and pulses I think. So if you want the health benefits without the cancer risk, eat these things. NB Check where the avocados are grown. Avoid Israeli ones. (cause of the occupation, and their solders shooting children, not cause there's any health risk)

                              Does the same problem affect tuna and mackerel? If it does I'm in trouble
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