What is Omega-3?

Omega-3 fats are polyunsaturated fats. Oil-rich fish such as Scottish salmon, mackerel and herring are naturally rich in long-chain omega-3 fats, especially eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These ‘ready-made’ long-chain omega-3 fats in oily fish are linked to various health benefits.

One of the main benefits of the long-chain omega-3 fats EPA and DHA is the role they play in helping to keep the heart working normally. In particular, these fats help to maintain blood levels of triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood, which when raised increases our risk of heart disease.

Omega-3 fats are known to play a role in helping to maintain normal blood pressure. Other benefits include: helping to maintain normal brain function and brain development in babies; and helping to maintain good eyesight.

According to The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition all you need to do is eat two portions of fish a week, including one oily variety – and you’ll get enough long-chain omega-3 fats in your diet.

Are Scottish salmon genetically modified?

Scottish salmon are not genetically modified (GM) and the Scottish salmon sector remains opposed to the introduction of any such GM stocks.

The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation has a publicly stated policy of opposing the use of genetic modification (transgenics) in salmon production.

There is currently no such activity on Scottish farms and we can foresee no circumstance under which there would be in the future.

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Ethoxyquin: what is it and why is it added to fish feed?

Scottish farmed salmon is safe to eat and provides many health benefits.

The fish meal and fish oil contained within the salmon feed used by Scottish farmers originates from the Southern Pacific and Northern Atlantic regions.

Ethoxyquin (EQ) is an EU-approved additive used to preserve fish meal during transportation and storage.

It is a legal requirement of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to add the anti-oxidant to fish feed prior to shipping for safety. 

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