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Fake Flavour Gives a Taste of the Wild

by Ellen Hardy
15 August 2008, at 1:00am

US - An aquaculture company has used artificial flavorings to give its farmed fish the taste of wild-caught pollock.

"It met 10 out of our 10 taste parameters," Norbert Sporns, president and chief executive officer of HQ Sustainable Maritime Industries (HQSM), told Natural News.

According to the news agency, HQSM has signed a joint development agreement with the Beijing division of Newly Weds Foods Inc. to market the "sea flavor" tilapia, which is processed to give it both the texture and flavor of wild-caught Alaska pollock, a northern Pacific whitefish that is the favored ingredient in fish sticks, fish fillets and similar products, as well as imitation crab meat.

In addition to the ease of processing and storing Alaska pollock, the fish is popular because of its mild flavor and low oil content. It has been called the largest remaining wild fish source in the world, and 3 million tons are caught every year. But in recent years, Alaska pollock fisheries appear to have begun to decline.

While the prices of wild-caught fish of all species continue to rise as fisheries around the world collapse from overfishing, pollution and climate change, the fast food industry -- one of the major purchasers of fish in the United States -- has continued to buy wild-caught fish for the simple reason that it tastes better.

Ellen Hardy