Recent studies now show that farmed Salmon contains several organic contaminates including dioxin. Equally important, farmed salmon equates to over half of all salmon consumed in the world today. In fact, dioxins are created by numerous incineration processes. For example improper burning of trash, and industrial wastes, lastly they can even occur naturally such as volcano eruptions and forest fires.
Furthermore, dioxins are known to contain carcinogenic compounds. The main exposure to dioxins for humans comes from food products. Animals store the compounds in their fatty tissues, and upon consuming these humans are then exposed.
In fact, according to the American Dietary Guidelines there are several ways to avoid over exposure to dioxin in food products.
The following steps can reduce the potential for exposure to dioxin
Remove skin from fish and chicken
Select cuts of meat that are naturally lean, or trim visible fat
When catching your own fish, check local fishing advisories, as there may be consumption limits for particular kinds of fish, in particular bodies of water where local contamination has occurred
Use fat-free or low-fat milk and use butter in moderationhttps://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/
Risks associated with consuming dioxins found in salmon
Dioxin- a known cancer causing agent linked to several diseases in humans. Consequently, the most notable diseases associated with the compound are for example:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Ischemic Heart Disease
- Acne skin disease called Chloracne
Chloracne is an eruption of blackheads, cysts, and pustules that may occur with over-exposure to halogenated aromatic compounds including chlorinated dioxins and dibenzofurans. Commonly, lesions are located on the cheeks, armpits, groin, and behind the ears. In fact, Chloracne is linked to toxic exposure to dioxins including herbicides such as Agent Orange. Consequently the presence of chloracne is considered to be a clinical sign of dioxin exposure. The severity follows a typical asymptomatic dose-response relationship curvehttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK459189/
Chloracne: Daniel I. Schlessinger; Joel Schlessinger.
Risk based studies on farmed Salmon: US National Library of Medicine
Office of disease prevention and health promotion