Is salmon a natural 'functional food'?

Yes, Scottish salmon is indeed a natural 'functional food'. Functional foods are defined as those that go beyond providing basic nutrition.

According to the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, functional foods are ones that “have a potentially beneficial effect on health when consumed as part of a varied diet on a regular basis at effective levels based on significant standards of evidence."

Scottish salmon is packed full of nutrient rich, high quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce your risk of heart disease, boost brain function, and can help reduce joint pain from arthritis.

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.

Are Scottish salmon genetically modified?

No, 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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Is ethoxyquin added to Scottish salmon feed?

No, Ethoxyquin is not added to Scottish farmed salmon feed.

Prior to 2020 Ethoxyquin (EQ) was an EU-approved additive used by some feed manufacturers to preserve fish meal during transportation and storage.

Other anti-oxidants, including naturally-derived ones are now used.

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

The European Food Safety Authority regularly monitors the use of all feed additives to ensure the safety of consumers.

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