Farmed Salmon in my Local Tesco Supermarket . . .


After I hit the “send” button on my last blog, “Why I No Longer Eat Farmed Salmon . . . Part 2”, my wife called and asked if I would nip out to the supermarket for a few items.  So I grabbed my Tesco card and shopping bags and took a walk to our local Tesco supermarket.

With the ideas and issues from my blog on the dangers of farmed salmon and their multiple virus infections still swirling around in my head, I naturally wandered over to the fish counter to have a look.

All the salmon on sale (flank slabs, steaks and whole salmon) were from UK fish farms, clearly displayed on the signs in front of each choice. My eye went to the several large whole salmon on ice in the display case.

Here is a photo from my iPhone of the tail section of one of the salmon. A big festering sore.  I also took a look at the gills, brown and malformed, not bright red and healthy like in normal fish.

farmed Tesco salmon

A skinny fish with a festering sore on its tail is not exactly inviting, nor probably very healthy.

Next I am going to research how many of the supermarkets request tests for viruses from the farms where they purchase their farmed salmon.  Or do they just take the word of the salmon farm company (many in the UK are owned by the Norwegian conglomerate Marine Harvest) that the fish are virus free?

Will report back when I have more to share.  In the meantime, take a good close look at the next supermarket salmon you are thinking of buying.  If it’s not wild salmon, beware.

(If any of you who read this blog can help answer this question, please drop me an email.  I would love to hear from those who are in the know on this subject. And if you have a different opinion on this subject, I would like to hear that also.)

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at or
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