Growth hormone is not used in U.S. aquaculture. Although growth hormones may be given to other farm animals such as cattle and sheep, their use in food fish is prohibited by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Certain additives such as pigments, antioxidants, and other nutritional supplements have been proven safe and their use in fish feeds is permitted by FDA regulation. Further, in the United States, antibiotics are not fed to fish for non-therapeutic reasons through their feed or any other mechanism. The use of antibiotics for non-therapeutic purposes in aquaculture is prohibited by law. Incidentally, antibiotics do not improve growth or efficiency in fish (like they do in cows, swine, and chickens) and they are expensive, so there is no incentive for industry to use them. However, antibiotics have been known to be added to fish food in other countries.
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Tilapia nutrition is simple: tilapia is a healthy and wholesome food. Suggestions that it is nutritionally akin to bacon or doughnuts are misguided and inaccurate.
FAO reports global fish production peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total and 53 percent if non-food uses (including reduction to fishmeal and fish oil) are excluded. In per capita terms, food fish consumption grew from 9.0 kg in 1961 to 20.2 kg in 2015, at an average rate of about 1.5 percent per year. Preliminary estimates for 2016 and 2017 point to further growth to about 20.3 and 20.5 kg, respectively.
With capture fishery production relatively static since the late 1980s, aquaculture has been responsible for the continuing impressive growth in the supply of fish for human consumption on a global scale. If we can figure out the right conditions, we can unlock a powerful market-based solution to coastal restoration, while creating food and jobs here in the United States of America.
FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has developed a webpage focusing on Aquacultured Seafood. FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Office of Food Safety, Division of Seafood Safety (DSS) works to ensure the safety of aquacultured seafood. In order to promote overall safety of aquacultured seafood, DSS develops regulations, guidance policy, programs, position papers and advisory opinions and recommends research priorities for issues related to the safety of aquaculture. DSS also facilitates and examines the implementation of regulations; domestic and foreign programs; bilateral agreements related to aquaculture. Additionally, DSS provides scientific and technical support, training, evaluation and certification for State and international aquaculture programs.
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A study in Scientific Reports showed that women who regularly consumed higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids had a healthier gut microbiome than those with lower omega-3 intake. UK researchers analyzed more than 800 middle-aged to older women and found that those who had higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids had an increased number of specific bacteria associated with a lower risk of obesity and lower inflammation.
Fats of Life is designed to educate healthcare practitioners about the multitude of benefits of omega-3s to alleviate public health issues resulting from low consumption of EPA and DHA. More than 95% of Americans do not get enough omega-3s to be cardio-protective and GOED believes empowering healthcare practitioners to understand the benefits of EPA and DHA and their importance for the entire population is an important undertaking.
People who improve the quality of their diets over time may significantly reduce their risk of premature death. A new study from Harvard Chan School researchers found that improved diet quality over a 12-year period was associated with reduced risk of death in the subsequent 12 years. Food groups that contributed most to an improvement in diet quality were whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fish or vegetarian sources of fatty acids.
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