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.
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