In addition to risking both fish and environmental health, aquacultural practices endanger human health:
2. FUNGICIDE : The chemical malachite green is used as a fungicide to prevent the growth of fungus on fish eggs. Malachite green is believed to be toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic in animals. Although its use in aquaculture is banned in the U.S., it is still used in many countries that contribute to our seafood supply. The FDA does not test imported salmon for this chemical, despite evidence that our imported salmon may be contaminated.
3.Dyes : It is estimated that 95% of Atlantic salmon is farmed, and almost all of it is dyed pink to make it more palatable to consumers. Although the effects of these dyes on health are not well known, recent studies have indicated possible links between artificial food colorings and hyperactivity in children as well as retinal damage.
4.Persistent Organic Pollutants : Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as PCBs and dioxins are chemical compounds that resist biodegradation and therefore “persist” in the environment. As such, they tend to bioaccumulate up the food chain and can cause significant health concerns for both humans and the environment, associated with increasing the risk of cancer, disrupting the endocrine system, and contributing to developmental and reproductive problems.
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