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Pew Environment Group to Join Organizations Worldwide in Exposing Problems Posed by Current Salmon Aquaculture Practices

Public Health, Conservation Advocates to Urge Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Implement Comprehensive Testing Procedures for Farmed Salmon

October 23, 2008


Pew Environment Group to Join Organizations Worldwide in Exposing Problems Posed by Current Salmon Aquaculture Practices

Public Health, Conservation Advocates to Urge Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to Implement Comprehensive Testing Procedures for Farmed Salmon

The Pew Environment Group's Salmon Aquaculture Reform Campaign will host a tele-press call today to reveal what they describe as "persistent environmental and public health issues related to farmed salmon". Speakers on this call will tell journalists how current aquaculture industry practices impact ocean ecosystems, particularly in Chile. They will discuss public health and consumer issues related to farmed salmon while also urging the FDA to create a comprehensive approach toward testing for toxins in imported seafood, specifically farmed salmon from Chile. Groups in Chile, Canada and Europe will be hosting similar events that call upon industry leaders to adopt more sustainable salmon farming practices.

On the press call will be:
-  William Hubbard - former associate commissioner for policy and planning, FDA
-  Barton Seaver - chef/advocate (formerly of Tackle Box and Hook)
-  Michael Hirschfield - chief scientist and senior vice president for North America, Oceana
-  Urvashi Rangan - Ph.D., senior scientist and policy analyst, Consumers Union
-  Gerald Leape - senior officer, Pew Environment Group (moderator)

The call is for credentialed press only. The call will be recorded and posted as an mp3 to www.farmedsalmonexposed.org approximately three hours after the call ends.

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