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Is The Evidence In Yet? Salmon Still Swimming

Earlier this month, you saw it here: farm-raised salmon are high in PCBs. Now, it appears that two someones may file suit.

The Environmental Working Group and the Center for Environmental Health filed this Proposition 65 Notice against some 50 salmon farms.

Under Proposition 65, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, companies are required to notify consumers if their products contain hazardous levels of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive harm.

The lead notice recipient, Atlantic Salmon of Maine, LLC, has been in trouble before for alleged Clean Water Act violations.

ASOM has its own website that is worth perusing. Here's the reaction from the industry, "(Consumers) will be doing themselves and their families a great disservice if they stop eating farmed salmon," said Alex Trent, executive director of the trade group Salmon of the Americas.

He noted that farmed salmon, a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is much cheaper than wild salmon and can be purchased year-round. Their press release, however, didn't quite accurately predict the outcome of the study in Science that found high levels of PCBs in farm-raised salmon.

Unlike the prejudging we've done in recent celebrity legal flaps, let's wait until the evidence is in on this one. There's always at least two sides to every story. Check out Riverdale Elementary School's Salmon Page for everything salmon, and check out this take this report from the Free Market Project , arguing that the media has it all wrong. You might learn a few things.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 12:41 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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