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Fish Farms using CANCER-linked Embalming Fluid as disinfectant

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Scottish fish farms using cancer-linked embalming fluid as disinfectant

Documents disclosed under freedom of information law reveal that 184 Scottish fish farms are permitted to use <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-formaldehyde-formalin-rules"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">formaldehyde</a> in a solution called formalin, which is used as a disinfectant to guard against parasites and diseases.

Formaldehyde has been famously used by <a href="http://www.damienhirst.com/"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">artist Damien Hirst</a> to preserve dead animals such as cows, lambs and sharks. <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-formaldehyde-formalin-rules"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Formalin</a> is a water solution containing formaldehyde which is legal to use, but there are concerns over its safety. In India last year, for example, there was a <a href="https://indianexpress.com/article/india/formalin-laced-fish-goa-ban-timeline-5265634/"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">scare over preserved fish</a> laced with the chemical, prompting a ban on fish imports in Goa state.

The UK government classified formaldehyde as a carcinogen in 2016 which means there are restrictions on its use, but it is permitted for use by the caged salmon industry.

The campaign group, <a href="https://scottishsalmonwatch.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Scottish Salmon Watch</a> (SSW), which obtained the documents, wants formaldehyde banned. Concerns have been expressed over the potential of formalin leaks into river, lochs and seas.
<blockquote class="wp-embedded-content" data-secret="OEFYc7o2dU">Mass deaths: nine million fish killed by diseases at Scottish salmon farms[/size][/quote]

The documents were released by the <a href="https://www.sepa.org.uk/"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa)</a>. They reveal that a company called <a href="https://mowi.com/"; target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Mowi,</a> formerly known as Marine Harvest, used 50.7 tonnes of formalin between May 2017 and September 2018 on salmon farms at Loch Shiel, Loch Arkaig, Loch Lochy and Loch Garry.'

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