USDA Agricultural Research Service
October 29, 2010
Keeping smoked salmon safe to eat:
ARS scientists are helping ensure that the smoked salmon that's always a hit at festive gatherings also is always safe to eat, including among their achievements the development of a first-of-its-kind mathematical model that food processors and others can use to select the optimal combination of temperature and concentrations of salt and smoke compounds to reduce or eliminate microbial contamination of the product. (10/26)
Good news for American aquaculture:
ARS this week posted the latest issue of its quarterly online newsletter "Healthy Animals," which highlights important breakthroughs in ARS research to keep America's farm-raised fish healthy and productive. (10/27)
Helping fish get rid of the "Ich":
Copper sulfate has emerged as an effective treatment for Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, also known as "Ich," a protozoan parasite that appears as white spots on infected fish, according to an ARS aquatic toxicologist who says the same treatment could also help fight a fungus called Saprolegnia on catfish eggs. (10/28)
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