US: Consumer Reports claims that farmed salmon is often sold as ‘wild’ Published: 30 June, 2006
SALMON that is labelled “wild” may actually be farmed-raised, an analysis in the August issue of Consumer Reports reveals. Consumer Reports reportedly bought 23 supposedly “wild” salmon filets last November, December and March-during the off-season for wild-caught salmon and found that only 10 of the 23 were definitely caught in the wild. The rest of the fish was farm-raised salmon, it is claimed.
CR’s findings raise both cost and health concerns for the consumer. Typically, wild salmon costs more than farmed. CR paid an average of $6.31 a pound for salmon labelled as farmed (all of which was indeed farmed) compared with $12.80 for correctly labelled wild salmon. The most costly of the bunch was farmed salmon labelled as wild, with an average price of $15.62 a pound.
In the past 16 years, the average American’s salmon consumption has quintupled with good reason – the fish is high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and relatively low in mercury. A global salmon-farming industry has developed to meet this demand. Although wild salmon generally carry a higher price tag per pound, they are claimed to be healthier than the farm-raised variety. Under US federal law, most supermarkets must label fresh and frozen seafood with its country of origin and whether it’s wild or farm-raised. Fish stores don’t have to post this information, but if they do, the law requires that it must be accurate.
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