University at Albany Institute
for Health and the Environment

What Consumers Can Do to Limit Their Exposure

  • Given the overall contaminant levels identified in the study, EPA and many state consumption advisories would suggest that consumers restrict their consumption of farmed salmon to on average no more than one meal per month. However, consumers need to be aware that in some cases even that could exceed advised contaminant exposure levels.

  • Consumers should be aware that the word "Fresh" on the label does not mean the salmon is wild-caught from the ocean.

  • Any salmon labeled "Atlantic" in the U.S. is almost always farmed. Salmon labeled "Atlantic" in other countries is most likely farmed.

  • Since contaminants build up in the fatty tissue of the fish, consumers may be able to reduce their consumption of contaminants in farmed salmon by following the recommendations of many state governments and the federal government to remove as much skin and visible fat as possible. However, it is difficult to determine how much of the contaminant load can be removed in this way.

Information from the study's authors