Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon FAQ
What are the benefits?
Omega-3, Protein, Vitamins A, B12 and D. While all salmon are a good source of Omega-3, based on the “USDA Nutrition Database,” Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon has among the highest Omega-3 content of all salmon. Scientific reports indicate that Omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of heart attacks and drive down LDL (bad) cholesterol. Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon is also a great source of protein, Vitamins A, B12 and D.
Is it safe?
Yes – Government regulated and third party certified. Salmon farms and processing facilities operate under strict national and international regulations. The FDA’s quality assurance and food safety program, HACCP, regulates sanitary farming and processing conditions as well as overall consumer safety. In addition, third party certifications like Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), address compliance with environmental and social responsibility, animal welfare, food safety and traceability standards.
Does it contain antibiotics?
May contain FDA allowable trace amounts. Antibiotics are not used in salmon farming unless a fish becomes ill, in which case they are only used under the precise supervision of a licensed veterinarian. This is followed by a strict government established withdrawal period to ensure the antibiotic has left the salmon’s body well before its harvest and human consumption. The use of any medicine is strictly regulated by the FDA.
What do they eat?
A healthy diet that meets the nutritional needs of the salmon. A typical diet for Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon consists of feed pellets comprised of fishmeal (wild fish like jack mackerel and anchovies), plant proteins and fish oil. All ingredients are free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
What does “Color Added” mean?
A nutrient in their diet enhances color. All salmon need a nutrient, Astaxanthin (asta-zan-thin) to grow and thrive. Wild Salmon get it by eating crustaceans such as krill. Ocean Raised™ Farmed Salmon get theirs by having high quality simulated Astaxanthin added to their feed. In addition to contributing to the overall health of the fish, Astaxanthin has a secondary effect: it turns the flesh of the fish an appetizing reddish color.
Is it sustainable?
Yes – great conversion rate. Minimal waste. Care for the ocean. Ocean Raised Farmed Atlantic Salmon have one of the best feed conversion rates of any agricultural animal, with approximately 1.2 lbs of feed converting into 1 lb of salmon. All ocean sites are positioned in areas with strong currents and deep waters and are regularly allowed to rest. Computer controlled feeding stations ensure that the salmon get enough feed and no feed is wasted.
Farmed vs. wild?
Farmed is controlled and consistent.
Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon are nurtured by professional aquaculturists (the seafood equivalent of agriculturists) and veterinarians. All aspects are controlled and regulated for quality and consistency. On the other hand, Wild Salmon are not controlled or monitored for disease or illness. Fresh Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon is available year round while fresh Wild Salmon is only available during the summer. Approximately ninety percent of Wild Salmon is caught from May through September. Because millions of fish are processed in such a short period of time, most Wild Salmon is sold canned, frozen or smoked.
Is it safe for pregnant and nursing women?
Yes, contains virtually no mercury. According to the FDA, Ocean Raised™ Farmed Atlantic Salmon contains virtually no mercury and is considered a safe seafood option during pregnancy and nursing. In fact, it is recommended because of its high levels of Omega-3 and DHA, which aid in early childhood brain development.