Speaking of tainted food: it’s not just from China. Salmon from Chile is questionable as well:
Safeway, the third-largest supermarket chain in America, has restricted some purchases of farm-raised Chilean salmon over concern about a virus that is killing millions of fish there.
The supermarket chain decided late last month to stop buying from its Chilean supplier, Marine Harvest, because Infectious Salmon Anemia, or the I.S.A. virus, was “impacting the quality of the product,” Brian Dowling, a Safeway spokesman, said this week. Mr. Dowling said the virus, which does not pose a risk to humans, was nevertheless affecting the size of the salmon, “which impacts the quality and the taste.”
Chile, of course, is saying that the problem is the fault of the Marine Harvest company, and is limited to their farm. But the Times reported on this in more detail a few weeks ago, and cited “charges from biologists and environmentalists” that the techniques used in fish farming in general are bad, and “court disaster.”
Do you know where your fish comes from, anyway? We have no labelling requirements in that area, so most fish, at least in the stores where I buy it, is not tagged with its origin. And you might think that some tags mean more than they do — a salmon species can easily be confused with its source. Consider the menu photograph to the right, taken recently in a restaurant in Las Vegas (click to enlarge). Note the item that says, “Atlantic Salmon British Columbia, Canada”