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NFPA SAYS CONSUMERS UNION REPORT IS MISLEADING ABOUT PCBS IN SALMON

NFPA SAYS CONSUMERS UNION REPORT IS MISLEADING ABOUT PCBS IN SALMON
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A charge in the current issue of Consumer Reports that salmon contains a harmful compound is misleading because it fails to point out that U.S. canned salmon is caught at sea where none of the substance is found, the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) said today.
 "In stating that 43 percent of salmon it tested contained polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), the magazine should have noted that it failed to examine canned salmon, which is caught at sea where there are no PCBs," said NFPA President John R. Cady.
 Cady noted that continuous monitoring of salmon for PCBs by the Food and Drug Administration shows that all salmon -- no matter where it is caught or whether it is fresh, frozen or canned -- has an average level of PCBs 10 times below the limit set by the agency. "Intake of PCBs from all sources is at minuscule background levels," he said.
 "Consumer Reports is pretty good at telling us what vacuum cleaner to buy, but sometimes gets in over its head when it addresses more complex subjects like food safety," Cady said.
 Cady noted that his association operates three research laboratories, including a facility in Seattle devoted exclusively to seafood safety. "All canned salmon is caught at sea, where there are no PCBs, and the magazine does consumers a disservice by failing to make clear that canned salmon is perfectly safe and free of contaminants," Cady concluded.
 NFPA is the scientific voice of the food industry. Its 500 members manufacture the nation's processed-packaged seafood, meat and poultry, fruits and vegetables, juices and drinks, and specialty products.
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