Antibiotic-Free Food Labels to Look For
Antibiotics in Farmed Fish
Farmed fish is another confusing kettle. Although no USDA organic standards are yet in place, fish labeled as “organic” can still be sold (except in California) and might have been be treated with antibiotics. More than a third of the world’s seafood is farmed, and much like farmers of the land, many fish farmers regularly dose antibiotics—sometimes in huge quantities. Some retailers are taking initiative. For example, Whole Foods has an independent, third-party certification for all the farmed seafood it carries, which includes an antibiotic prohibition among other assurances. Recently launched is the “Farmed Responsibly” label certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, which oversees standards for the farming of tilapia, mussels, clams, scallops and other species.
To help you navigate through the confusing and often misleading labyrinth of labels, here’s a quick run-down:
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