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Researchers find dangerous tapeworms in Alaskan salmon


Salmon lovers have a new reason to opt for roasted instead of raw. Scientists have documented that the Japanese broad tapeworm has made its way to the waters of the North Pacific and is thriving among the salmon population there. Published in the February edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases the findings of a research team… Continue Reading

Marinated salmon recalled after testing positive for Listeria

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A positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes spurred A & E Distribution Inc. to recall an unspecified amount of marinated salmon packaged as Fjord Laks brand Gravlax. The Jan. 30 recall notice indicated the salmon had only been distributed to retailers in the province of Quebec. No illnesses had been reported in connection to the salmon… Continue Reading

Most Feared Salmon Virus Has Arrived in BC Waters


The European variant of infectious salmon anaemia virus (ISAV) was said to have arrived in British Columbia almost five years ago, but then the Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it was not so after testing two suspect salmon. That was in 2011. But if British Columbia was ISAV-free then, it almost certainly is not now,… Continue Reading

Washington Salmon with a Botulism Risk


The Swinomish Fish Company is initiating a voluntary recall of packages of both Traditional and Peppered flavors of NATIVE CATCH SALMON BACON with a “BEST BY” date of 1/23/16 and 3/16/16 distributed in the Western Washington and Florida areas. The Native Catch Salmon Bacon has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium… Continue Reading

GE Salmon Company Fined Over Permit Problems in Panama


The government of Panama has revealed that, in July of this year, it levied a fine on AquaBounty Technologies, the Massachusetts-based company seeking government approval to bring the first genetically modified salmon to market in the U.S. AquaBounty apparently did not have the necessary water use and water discharge permits necessary for running its operations in… Continue Reading

Salmon, Goat Cheese Recalled in Canada


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recalled some salmon and some goat cheese over the weekend. The Ottawa-based food safety agency said that deadly botulism was a danger for the salmon and the toxin produced by Staphylococcus bacteria for the goat cheese. House Candied and House Smoked Salmon produced under the Farquhar’s Orchards Fine Foods… Continue Reading

Kroger, Safeway Will Nix GMO Salmon Regardless of FDA Decision


Kroger and Safeway, the largest retail grocery companies in the U.S., have reportedly agreed not to sell genetically modified salmon. The decision was released Monday by a coalition of food safety, consumer, health and fishing groups. The two grocery chains are now part of more than 9,000 stores across the country that have rejected carrying… Continue Reading

GE Salmon, Apples Keep Genetic Labeling On Legislative Menu in Olympia


Usually the Washington Legislature will steer clear – at least for a while – of a topic voters have settled in a recent initiative. That unwritten rule might ordinarily keep bills for labeling genetically modified food off the table for a while since voters narrowly nixed that idea in deciding against Initiative 522. House Bill… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: Selling Those Subsidies



When they are successful, subsidies follow values and are sold to the public as desirable commodities. And, they should do what they claim they will do. During the years I lived in the Pacific Northwest, where hydroelectricity starts out cheap, most folks willingly went along with increases in their electric bills to “save the salmon.”… Continue Reading

Salmon and Herring in Oil Recalled for Listeria Risk


A New York firm is recalling certain imported sliced salmon and herring products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Prime Food USA of Brooklyn issued a voluntary recall of its Latis brand Herring Fillet “Mateij,” Herring Fillet “Forelka” in Oil and Salmon Fillet Slices Wednesday after testing by the New York State Department… Continue Reading