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Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@PAT - Due to the prevalence of the GMOs in the commodity grain market, and the limited availability of verified non-GMO feed, we cannot require the use of only non- GMO feed for animal products (including meat, dairy and farmed fish) sold in our stores. We encourage shoppers who are looking to avoid products from animals fed GMOs to choose organic meat and dairy products (since organic standards prohibit the intentional use of GMOs), farmed molluscs such as clams, oysters, and mussels (since no added feed is used when farming these species), or wild-caught seafood. Hope this helps!
01/02/2013 12:41:13 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JODI - Since our products vary between store locations, I would suggest reaching out to your local seafood department to see if any of their salmon would qualify as sushi grade. They'll be happy to help!
01/02/2013 12:42:48 PM CST
Adam C says ...
Thanks Nikki! How can I find the contact info for the Icelandic farmed Salmon vendor?
01/17/2013 6:33:45 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ADAM C - This blog post is a couple years old, so I am unable to find this info for you. I would suggest that you call your local store and speak with the Seafood department to see if they have a vendor from Iceland. Since our products vary between regions and stores, it appears that this particular option David speaks about was featured in the Northern California area.
01/25/2013 2:10:06 PM CST
Corinne Dimmick says ...
Hello, I'm pregnant and really paranoid about eating fish from the ocean. So my questions are based on the mercury content and omega 3 content on any land based farm raised fish/shrimp that you sell. Just wondering about the mercury content and the omega 3 content in the land farm raised salmon?Also wondering if the shrimp that is farm raised in tanks on land or in the ocean? Ever since Fukushima power plant explosion I'm scared to eat fish from the ocean d/t fear of contaminants of radiation. So now I'm pleased to find out that there is land based farm raised fish. One last question, I haven't seen any other land based farm raised fish, other than salmon at my local whole foods. Is there any other fish that you get that is land based farm raised? Thank you, Corinne
04/03/2013 1:51:05 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@CORINNE - Unfortunately, we do not have the majority of the information necessary to answer your questions. I would suggest reaching out to a vendor directly to see if they conduct studies on mercury content. Also, you can see where the shrimp is farmed from if you check with your local seafood department at your local store. Since our vendors vary between locations, we cannot make an overall statement for all vendors.
04/04/2013 2:00:54 PM CDT
Wendy says ...
Pat, in reading your response concerning GMO and earlier responses, am I correct that some farms use grains (corn, wheat) and soy products, and that these may contain GMO grains? I come to WFM for organic meats and other products specially to NOT eat GMO foods. Are you saying that your farmed fish may very well have GMO products fed them? If that is the case, I would so hope that in the future, non-GMO farming become as available non-GMO beef and chicken.
06/23/2013 11:06:41 AM CDT
joseph says ...
Hi I'm concerned about hormones, antibiotics and coloring that being used in farm raised salmon Could you please give me the facts on these 3 issues? thanks Joseph.
08/29/2013 11:58:30 AM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOSEPH - We have very strict quality standards that include no artificial colors for any products sold in our stores. In regards to aquaculture, there is no use of antibiotics, added growth hormones and poultry and mammalian by-products in feed.
08/29/2013 12:10:35 PM CDT
Bill Craig says ...
I didn't see a reply for the question about PCB's in your farmed raised salmon. It was posted on 1/11/2011. Is there PCB's in the farm raised salmon?
09/17/2013 4:44:47 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@BILL - Sorry for the oversight in answering! If you’re concerned about PCBs, but would like to continue eating species like farmed salmon, we can recommend that you try either wild-caught salmon, which typically is lower in PCBs or try another species of farmed fish that is fed feed with less fish oil in it, such as catfish, tilapia, or molluscs, which do not receive any added feed at all. Our standards for farmed seafood do set a limit for contaminants, such as PCBs and we’re working with the individual farmers to meet the goals stated in the standards.
09/19/2013 3:40:47 PM CDT
Joan Black says ...
I've been buying Whole Food's farmed salmon (I'm in Michigan) and I like it. But, unless I missed it, I didn't read anything about its essential fatty acid content which content is the reason that I'm buying it. Can you tell me about the essential fatty acids in your salmon? Thank you.
11/15/2013 7:28:01 PM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@JOAN - We do not have this information. You can check with your local store and they might be able to find this info from their vendor.
11/20/2013 1:41:54 PM CST
Robert Comeau, MD. says ...
I would like to know the concentration of Omega 3 compared to wild salmon Vs. your farmed salmon?
05/18/2014 2:21:48 PM CDT
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@ROBERT - Farm raised salmon typically contains about 35% more fat than its leaner wild caught counterparts according to the USDA Nutrient Data Library (http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=12-35-45-00), making it a better source of Omega-3s. All of our farmed salmon is required to adhere to our stringent aquaculture standards, which set a standard for the minimum level of Omega-3s required per serving. This is to ensure that that the levels of Omega-3s will not be compromised, even if any feed ingredients are changed by the farmer. To learn more please visit: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/mission-values/seafood-sustainability/aquaculture.
05/21/2014 2:11:33 PM CDT