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Fact or Fraud?
November 15, 2016

Fact or Fraud?

Randy Hartwell, the founder of Alaska's Vital Choice Wild Seafood and Organics, fished Alaskan waters for 20 years for salmon. He knows salmon. In 2004 he was in New York City to do a joint television interview with health and wellness expert, Andrew Weil, M.D.

Salmon Fish Oil Health Benefits

Not surprisingly the topic of the interview was on the health benefits of eating wild caught salmon and how those benefits differ from eating farm raised salmon. During this visit the two of them wandered through what was at that time called the Fulton Fish Market in Manhattan.

Randy writes, "As we roamed among the fish mongers we came upon stacks of boxes labeled ‘Wild King Salmon’, in an area used by a major regional distributor. I knew fresh wild King salmon was out of season, so I asked the product’s owner where he was getting it. To my amazement, he admitted that the salmon in the boxes were actually ‘farmed’ wild king salmon.”

That trip began the discovery of wild caught salmon mislabeling that lead to the investigative report by The New York Times, called NY Times Calls Wild Salmon a Gamble for Consumers.

Farm Raised or Wild Caught

Substituting farm raised salmon for wild caught salmon continues. Oceana, an activist group, does their own investigating into wild caught salmon fraud through DNA testing. The results of their latest investigation showed that four out of 10 samples of fish labeled wild salmon were actually farmed salmon.

Why does that matter? What's the difference between wild caught and farm raised salmon and why is one better than the other for our health and our eyes? Check out some answers here:

Benefits of Wild Caught Salmon and Why Not Farm Raised? 

Leslie Degner, RN, BSN

Better Health for Better Vision

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