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NIFES studies toxaphene in fish feed

Along with several other research institutions, the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES) has initiated a project to examine how toxaphene in fish feed affects fish health and food safety.

Toxaphene is a pesticide that may be present in fish meal and fish oil. Fish are sensitive to waterborne toxaphene, but relatively little is known about the way fish respond to toxaphene in fish feed.

Through a 3-year project entitled ”Toxicological evaluation of toxaphene in fish feed”, researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands), the University of Plymouth (UK), the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research will study the toxicity of toxaphene in fish feed. 

"We will examine how efficiently the fish take up various forms of toxaphene from fish feed. This is important in relation to food safety and upper limits for undesirable substances in fish feed. It is also important to examine which levels of toxaphene in fish feed that can affect fish health", said researcher Erik-Jan Lock on the Seafood Safety Research Programme at NIFES

[source: www.aquafeed.com]

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