This week a series of articles has appeared in the Montreal Gazette, promoting “freelance health journalist” and “research nut” Harriet Sugar Miller and her opinions about salmon.
Miller runs a blog all about how people can eat healthier to avoid cancer. This is a good thing, except her statements about salmon rely on old and outdated information, despite her claims of doing “six months of research.”
Guess she didn’t use our library of science about farmed salmon and human health.
Although farmed Atlantic salmon is “much cleaner than it used to be,” intake should be limited to 200 to 250 grams per week,” Miller says in the article.
There is no basis for this consumption limit, especially since the World Health Organization and FDA suggest no such limits, nor can we find any such limits in science papers from the past five years.
That’s because as we pointed out in February, there is no need to worry about PCBs and dioxins in salmon. The levels of PCBs and dioxins in salmon are so low that you would have to eat an entire 12-pound salmon all by yourself in one sitting to even come close to any levels of concern.
Here in Canada the action limit is lower, but still, there is really nothing to worry about. Here’s a graph we put together, we’ve seen the original circulating around somewhere but couldn’t find it so we built our own. It helps put things in context.
So Harriet Sugar Miller, we certainly hope you will do some more research before you write any more about farmed salmon. It’s healthy, it’s nutritious and your readers deserve to see for themselves that there is no need for concern. Making informed choices about food is good, and hopefully you can pass this information on to your readers.