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Thread: Flesh color chart for salmon farm feed!

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    Flesh color chart for salmon farm feed!

    The lovely colors in most of our store bought salmon apparently can be selected by the salmon farmer by using a color chart for the type of feed he needs to use to achieve it!

    Now that's something I didn't know and am not sure I really wanted to.

    https://www.nextnature.net/2012/06/d...ms-and-profit/

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-0...g-fish/7992972

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    Not at all surprised, somewhat concerning.

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    Surely this is how they breed the cows and pigs who produce the sausages in the colour of the teams competing in the grand final?
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    serves us right for thinking we know stuff.

    the redder the salmon, the gooder it is

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    https://qz.com/358811/heres-why-your...r-added-to-it/

    An older story along the same theme.

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    After working in a fish monger for a number of years through university, woodhouse nailed it - the redder the gooder it is. So much so we used to have a red light over the salmon products so it got that extra special red glow.

    Atlantic Salmon in the wild tend to be a lot more pale pink/almost grey compared to the farmed stuff. The farmed stuff are also packed with antibiotics to keep them healthy as fish in densely packed environments like cages/pens tend to spread disease super quick - particularly those fish that in the wild migrate from oceans to rivers and normally have a lot of space to roam.
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    A previous Four Corners program blew the lid off the disgraceful salmon farming practices of the major player in this industry.
    I see they are 'retiring' two of the leases in question in Tasmania.
    Anyone who saw the program would have difficulty justifying their support for the company given the deceptive and dishonest behaviour detailed on the program.
    It was mentioned during that program that the colour of the product was artificial, a fact of which most people would be unaware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky View Post
    A previous Four Corners program blew the lid off the disgraceful salmon farming practices of the major player in this industry.
    Big Fish - Four Corners (from original post above)

    Yes it was quite an eye opener and another insight into how the food we consume is produced.

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    Every time I visit my sister in Vancouver and eat the wild salmon from the Fraser and other rivers (and they have a wide variety of salmons!) I realise that what we get here only MIGHT be salmon.

    I guess that is why I eat more salmon in 2-3 weeks there than I eat here the rest of the year.

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    And how is egg yolk colour in caged hens enhanced?

    Inclusion of additives in the feed - no doubt selected from a colour chart, just as a salmon farmer reportedly does when ordering feed.

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