Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Farmed SalmonEntry ID: EWG_PCBsfarmedsalmon
Abstract: Seven of ten farmed salmon purchased at grocery stores in Washington DC, San
Francisco, and Portland, Oregon were contaminated with polychlorinated
biphenyls (PCBs) at levels that raise health concerns, according to independent
laboratory tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group.
These first-ever tests of farmed salmon from U.S. ... grocery stores show that
farmed salmon are likely the most PCB-contaminated protein source in the U.S.
food supply. On average farmed salmon have 16 times the dioxin-like PCBs found
in wild salmon, 4 times the levels in beef, and 3.4 times the dioxin-like PCBs
found in other seafood. The levels found in these tests track previous studies
of farmed salmon contamination by scientists from Canada, Ireland, and the U.K.
In total, these studies support the conclusion that American consumers
nationwide are exposed to elevated PCB levels by eating farmed salmon.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Environmental Working Group
Dataset Title: Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Salmon
Dataset Release Date: 2003
Dataset Release Place: Washington, D.C.
Dataset Publisher: Environmental Working GroupOnline Resource: http://www.ewg.org/
Start Date: 2002-01-01Stop Date: 2003-07-31
Quality Prepared farmed salmon fillets, with skin on and belly flap removed, were
purchased from supermarkets in three U.S. cities in May 2003, with samples
spanning five countries of origin and ten separate farming companies:
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
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Role: DIF AUTHOR
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2003-11-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-04-28
Future DIF Review Date: 2004-11-25