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Marion Anderson says ...
Thank you for the great information I will buy farmed fish from you store. Keep up the good work.
03/13/2014 10:17:01 PM CDT
Marion Anderson says ...
Thank you for the great information I will buy farmed fish from you store. Keep up the good work.
03/13/2014 10:17:03 PM CDT
Andy says ...
There's no mention of testing for mercury. There's no mention of the amount of mercury or other heavy metals/toxins compared to wild caught fish.
03/14/2014 12:59:44 AM CDT
Judy Mooney says ...
Thank you for this informative article. I have always heard a lot of negative comments about farmed salmon that I have been afraid to purchase it. No longer particularly since my physician recently advised me to eat more salmon. And, now I know where I can find a healthy source.
03/14/2014 7:29:11 AM CDT
nina grenfell says ...
Even after reading your article, when I puchase salmon to prepare for my family I will be buying wild caught Alaska salmon.
03/14/2014 7:30:28 AM CDT
Suzy says ...
We love salmon in our household and were avoiding farm raised in the last few years. Looks like its time to try it again from Whole Foods after reading this reassuring article.
03/14/2014 9:18:44 AM CDT
Marcia Selinger says ...
Sorry, but this article still does not convince me. I would rather buy your frozen wild salmon than your fresh farmed salmon.
03/14/2014 10:38:46 AM CDT
msorgi1144 says ...
Fish is something I am very careful about purchasing. I have learned in the past that fish such as tilapia and catfish which are farm raised are basically garbage fish. Sorry but I trust no farm raised seafood or fish at this time. Other than that I love Whole foods and I know they carry many of the things I cannot find elsewhere.
03/14/2014 11:33:49 AM CDT
Michelle says ...
I would like to know what qualifies as a "Low Density" pen? How much room do the salmon actually get? Do salmon in low density pens still develop sea lice and/or cataracts and go blind due to stress?
03/14/2014 2:20:47 PM CDT
Judy Lockett says ...
Thanks for this information. For one with heart issues and macular degeneration eating more salmon is really important. At our local Whole Foods market this morning I saw your really attractive package, 2 lbs., individually wrapped, frozen salmon fillets. So convenient and affordable. Keep up your good work. I'll be shopping your fish market more often.
03/14/2014 4:42:22 PM CDT
James Butler says ...
You provide a lot of info on your farm raised Salmon but ignore the most important one to me. What about the Mercury content of Farm raised Salmon vs Wild Salmon? How does your Farm Raised Salmon's Mercury content compare to the Mercury content in Wild Salmon? We have stopped eating Farm Raised Salmon because of the high Mercury Levels that could compromise our health. We used to eat Salmon at least 3 times a week. We love it!
03/15/2014 8:10:06 AM CDT
cmcd732 says ...
Barbara Usher has the right idea.....As we all know-"Money talks" and I don't believe any chain is above that. Until Whole Foods gets rid of ALL GMO products that they continue to have on their shelves, I cannot believe what they say about their fish being free of any harmful toxins.
03/15/2014 9:40:12 AM CDT
Gaby Maldonado says ...
The people I know and I have stopped buying farmed fish, and will continue to do so, we do not trust this 3rd party certification, and will not buy any farmed fish, this includes all our congregation and social clubs, we are over 2,000 and counting, we are looking forward to continue buying wild fish.
03/15/2014 10:08:40 AM CDT
Ms. E. says ...
To purchase Salmon from your farming partners in Norway what should I buy @ your store, fresh or frozen and the brand. Thank you Ms.E
03/15/2014 10:56:04 AM CDT
Merna says ...
Sorry, interesting article but I'm not convinced - for many of the reasons already mentioned by others. If farmed fish, even with your strict parameters, are perfectly good, why the need to add coloring? I will continue to buy wild salmon.
03/15/2014 4:46:49 PM CDT
Larry schmitt says ...
You say what's not in the food but I would like to know are they fed organic non gmo food Or what is their food made from . We make a effort to eat GMO free food as well as gluton free food What are they fed
03/15/2014 8:13:28 PM CDT
Jody J says ...
What Myth I heard is that Farm Raised Salmon Does not have as much Omega 3's, 6's, and 9's and Fresh Caught. So I by-pass Salmon at Hy-Vee or any store. The Price I am Not going to pay if I can't get all I expect out of this Fish. Is This true on the Omega's?
03/15/2014 9:46:07 PM CDT
Donna says ...
Mercury is of a concern. I have heard that it is present in high levels in farmed salmon compared to wild caught. Is this true?
03/16/2014 8:03:24 AM CDT
Sandy G says ...
Thank you so much for this article. I love fish - but the price of wild seafood is not always within my budget. Glad I can choose the farm raised fish at Whole Foods!
03/17/2014 9:28:52 AM CDT
sue schmitt says ...
The article does not cover their diet . What are they fed ?
03/17/2014 10:36:44 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
Carrie, our Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator, said: No propaganda here. We encourage you to take a look at our detailed Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood, which are available on our website for anyone to see. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/aquaculture. We make these rigorous standards completely transparent in an effort to help create a model for more sustainable aquaculture. Annual third-party audits on the farm verify that the standards are being met. As far as density goes, check out our definition for farmed salmon in standard 3.4. And as for adding colorants, we allow only colorants from non-synthetic sources. In the wild, fish like salmon, steelhead trout, and Arctic char get their reddish color naturally from the wild species they eat, such as shrimp. But when they’re farmed, their feed contains fish species that do not necessarily contain the same pigments.
03/17/2014 5:39:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
Carrie mentioned that actually, farm-raised salmon does have high omega-3s and it’s just as high (or higher than wild-caught salmon. Check out this useful nutritional database. Scroll down on the page to see the total omega-3s in farmed salmon http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4258/2 and in wild-caught salmon http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/finfish-and-shellfish-products/4104/2. You can search many species of wild-caught salmon here. Just be sure to compare raw to raw and cooked to cooked. Note that these are general nutritional profiles. The source is from USDA SR-21 (see footnotes on the webpages for details). In addition, because we know customers want to makes sure farmed salmon provides enough beneficial omega-3 fatty acids, our Quality Standards require that all farmed salmon contains at least 1,820 mg of combined EPA and DHA per eight ounce piece of uncooked salmon. See standard 4.14 here http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/aquaculture.
03/17/2014 5:40:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@AZMI - Carrie, our Seafood Quality Standards Coordinator said: I encourage you to check out our detailed standards available here. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/aquaculture. Most people have no idea just how high we’ve set the bar until they check out the standards. From the standards, you’ll be able to see just how far our supplier partners are going to bring the highest quality, responsibly farmed salmon. Third-party audits verify that farmers are meeting the standards. When you look around at what else is being sold out there, I encourage asking what their specific sourcing standards are and how they demonstrate compliance. Thanks for writing in!
03/17/2014 6:01:00 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
Hey Everyone! I spoke with Carrie on our Seafood Quality Standards team regarding feed. She said that: Feed for farmed fish includes protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, and other essential nutrients. The specific ingredients in feed vary according to the species that’s being fed because nutritional requirements are different for different species. In addition, feed ingredients vary according to the location of the farm, as the availability of ingredients is not always the same in different locations/countries. In addition, our Quality Standards for Farmed Seafood prohibit antibiotics, synthetic pigments, and poultry/mammalian products, and parasiticides in feed. Feed for farmed salmon will include fishmeal and fish oil from species such as herring and we encourage producers to utilize by-products of fish processing to reduce pressure on wild fish populations. Other ingredients may include wheat, soya bean meal, sunflower meal, maize gluten, vitamins, and minerals. Some customers have expressed concerns that feed can contain grains. It’s important to understand that fish metabolize the feed that they’re fed before we actually eat the fish. However, if you’re still concerned, we recommend farmed molluscs like clams, oysters, and mussels, which do not receive any added feed, or wild-caught seafood.
03/17/2014 6:03:25 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
Carrie also stated that: In the wild, fish like salmon, steelhead trout, and Arctic char get their reddish color from the species they eat, such as shrimp-like critters, which contain carotenoid pigment including Astaxanthin. But when they’re farmed, their feed contains fish species that do not necessarily contain the same pigments. For example, feed for farmed salmon will include some fishmeal and fish oil, but it typically comes from species like herring, anchovies and mackerel, which do not affect the salmon’s flesh color in the same way. To give farmed fish like salmon the reddish color that customers expect, farmers purchase feed that has carotenoid pigment added to it. Our Quality Standards for farmed seafood require that if pigment is used, it comes from a non-synthetic source. There are two sources of carotenoid pigment used by our producers today: Phaffia, which is sourced from a type of yeast and Panaferd, which is from a type of bacteria (specifically the bacterium Paracoccus carotinifaciens). Both are approved by the FDA. Consumers of fish that received pigment in their feed are not directly consuming the yeast or bacteria. For example, Panaferd is produced by fermentation of Paracoccus bacteria which are killed by heat and concentrated in a final drying process. The bacterial cells contain high levels of carotenoid pigments, the majority of which is Astaxanthin. As fish consume feed containing the Panaferd, the carotenoid pigment is absorbed and deposited into fish’s flesh, giving it the reddish color. People do not consume the bacteria itself. Furthermore, astaxanthin has antioxidant properties, which may impart health benefits for people when they eat the fish. In fact, carotenoid supplements, including astaxanthin, are popular among our customers who are looking for additional sources of antioxidants. Similarly, when Phaffia yeast is used to produce the pigment, consumers do not ingest the yeast directly. Because of the processing involved and the fact that the fish digest the feed first, it’s the carotenoids that consumers are exposed to, not the yeast itself.
03/17/2014 6:07:08 PM CDT

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