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Farmed Salmon Heavy in Chemicals, Group Says

By Maggie Fox

Farmed salmon, which Americans are scarfing down because it is supposed to be healthy, may actually be carrying high levels of cancer-causing chemicals called PCBs, an environmental group said Wednesday.

Wild salmon fished out of rivers and streams may actually be healthier for the time being, the Environmental Working Group said.

They bought and tested farmed salmon filets from 10 grocery stores in Washington, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, and found seven were contaminated with high levels of polychlorinated biphenyls.

“These first-ever tests of farmed salmon from U.S. grocery stores show that farmed salmon are likely the most PCB-contaminated protein source in the U.S. food supply,” the group, a non-profit organization that investigates environmental matters, said in a statement.

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