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Is Your Salmon on Drugs?

Is Your Salmon on Drugs?
August 31, 2009 Patrick Nemechek, D.O.

In 2007, Chile, then the largest supplier of farmed salmon to the U.S. by a long shot, used more than 385,000 kilograms of antibiotics in its salmon farms. Norway, which produced more than twice as much farmed salmon as Chile, used a fraction of that amount, only 649 kilograms.  Looked at another way, Chile used nearly 600 times more antibiotics than Norway.

These startling numbers were released last week by the environmental group Oceana Chile, which obtained them from the Chilean government. Chilean government records also show that there have been documented uses of at least four antibiotics not included on the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationā€™s Approved Drugs list (for aquaculture) during the past two years.

Fortunately, there is an easy way to avoid being exposed to this arsenal of medicines: Buy the wild Alaskan salmon currently in season.  It contains no antibiotics since its from the wild, is sustainably fished and way better tasting than the farmed stuff.

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