Salmon dioxin way behind other products says SQS Alarmist statements about dioxin levels are one of the main weapons used by environmentalists attacking the Scottish farmed salmon industry. Scottish Quality Salmon ­ fighting to defend the sector's expansion as the Scottish Eexcutive prepares a strategy for aquaculture ­ has again come out fighting with a statement on dioxins. "In context, Food Standards Agency statistics show that dietary exposure to dioxins through fish is way behind milk, dairy products and meat and emphasises the unique health benefits that only oily fish like salmon can offer," said SQS technical adviser Dr John Webster. He said that three recent studies of farmed salmon showed that dioxin levels can be similar in both wild and farmed salmon. "Even the study that was widely portrayed as critical indicates that indicates that, according to Health Canada 2000 and current WHO guidelines, between 24 and 48 portions of Atlantic salmon can be consumed each week, or between 400g and 1,200g per week." Legislation governing levels of dioxins in fish and feed will come into force on July 1. SQS stresses that each of the three studies does not consider recent developments which could further reduce dioxin levels and incorporate different types of high quality oil. {{MEAT }}

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