|Can you eat pre-packed fresh raw salmon when pregnant?|
|When you're pregnant, you should generally avoid having more than two portions (up to 12 ounces total) of oily fish a week, such as salmon, trout, mackerel and herring, because it can contain pollutants such as dioxins and PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).
The label on pre-packed fish must show how it has been produced, for example:
'farmed', 'cultivated', 'caught' or 'caught in fresh water'. To increase the intensity of color in fish, the additive canthaxanthin (E161g) is added to fish feed intended for farmed salmon. Though more costly, choosing a wild or Alaskan salmon over farmed-raised salmon will help to decrease the PCB contamination as well as the exposure to additives which will be healthier for you and your baby.
Tanya Jolliffe, Babyfit Nutritionist