In the directive 2004/107/EC (Fourth Daughter Directive), the EU has set a target value for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) for the protection of human health; the target is defined in terms of concentration of benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) which is used as a marker substance for PAHs generally: the BaP annual mean value may not exceed 1 nanogram per cubic metre (ng/m3). The target value enters into force 31.12.2012.
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Where you can, choose organically farmed fish such as sea bass, salmon and trout.
Non-organic fish uses large quantities of chemicals and antibiotics which can affect other animals in the food chain. It is also worth bearing in mind that to produce a 3 kg farmed salmon, 15 kg of fish are caught in the wild to provide its meal and oil.
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