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Wild-caught salmon deemed safe

Posted: Friday, Jul 2nd, 2010

Attempts being made to clear up consumer confusion

Oregon wild-caught salmon are safe to eat, and the fishery is not being depleted. That’s the message Oregon’s commercial salmon industry and the Oregon Department of Agriculture are sending to consumers.

The message comes in response to a “red-listing” by the Monterey Bay Aquarium (MBA) and its SeafoodWatch program that advises the public to avoid purchasing Oregon wild-caught salmon. The listing is based on what the aquarium perceives as a fish sustainability issue, not a food safety issue, but the result has caused confusion among consumers, as well as fishermen and the media.

“I’ve had calls and e-mails from consumers who are confused about the red-avoid listing,” said Nancy Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Oregon Salmon Commission. “Many people think it means the salmon are not safe to eat. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

For the complete article see the 07-02-2010 issue.

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