FAQs

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Is Paramount Salmon packed with wild (ocean-caught) salmon or farm-raised salmon?

All of Paramount's traditional skin-on, bone-in salmon products are wild salmon, caught in the open ocean or in the clean inlets and bays of Alaska. This includes all salmon originating from Alaska (Product of USA) & Canada.

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What is Paramount's Dolphin safe policy?

Paramount Seafoods, Inc. remains fully committed to the 100% dolphin-safe policy we implemented in April 1990. This policy guarantees the following:

  • Paramount Seafoods will not purchase tuna from vessels that net fish associated with dolphins. Our purchasing agreements require certification of dolphin-safe fishing practices from all tuna suppliers.
  • Paramount Seafoods will not purchase tuna caught with gill or drift nets as use of these nets can sometimes entrap dolphins, other marine mammals, or birds.

We continue to strictly adhere to our 100% dolphin-safe policy.

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What does dolphin safe mean?

Thank you for your interest in the dolphin-safe policy of Paramount Seafoods, Inc. We are pleased to inform you that Earth Island Institute has confirmed our dolphin-safe policy, and it is approved by several conservation organizations. We have developed open lines of communication with the environmental community on this issue.

Dolphin-safe is defined by the following factors:

  • Drift nets are not used.
  • There are no purse seine sets made on dolphin through an entire fishing trip.
  • An observer from the National Marine Fishery Service and/or the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission certifies fishing vessels and trips in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Fishing methods considered dolphin-safe are long line, pole and line, and the purse seine method in the Eastern Tropical Pacific with certification only.

All of our tuna products on the shelf today are certifiably dolphin-safe and the labelling on our products proudly don the "dolphin-safe" indication symbol.

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How long are canned and pouched seafood products edible?

Commercially canned (tuna, salmon, sardines, clams, oysters, crabmeat, shrimp, scallops, jack mackerel) or pouched (tuna, salmon) products may be safely stored for several years as long as the cans or pouches are not bulged, leaking, or otherwise damaged and the seams are intact. (If these conditions are present, the product should of course, not be consumed.) Palatability (taste), however, may be affected over prolonged time periods, especially under adverse storage conditions. For example, the palatability of product stored at high temperatures will be adversely affected during a shorter time frame than product stored at moderate or cool temperatures. It is recommended, therefore, that canned or pouched seafood inventories be rotated every one to two years to assure the best quality. It is not considered advisable to freeze seafood products in unopened cans or pouches. However, once cans or pouches are opened, any unused contents should be immediately refrigerated and utilized within one to two days. Opened product can also be transferred to, and frozen in plastic bags or other containers suitable for freezing.

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Why are there bones & skin in my can of Salmon?

The size and quantity of bones and skin in canned salmon will vary from can to can depending on the size of the fish. The high heat sterilization process softens them to the point where they can be easily mashed and blended into salmon salads, casseroles, and other delicious meals. There is no waste in canned salmon -- the liquid, skin, and bones are all edible and supply important nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus.

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Are Paramount's products gluten free?

All our Paramount Brand canned seafood products are gluten free.

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What is Omega-3?

Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that occur predominantly in deep-sea saltwater fish. Consult your doctor about the health benefits of adding Omega-3 fatty acid to your diet.


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What is Hydrolysed Protein?

Hydrolysed protein is made up of hydrolysed casein, a primary constituent protein in milk, and hydrolysed soy protein, protein taken from soy. Paramount Seafoods no longer uses hydrolysed protein in any of our seafood products.

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What are Trans Fats or Trans Fatty Acids?

Trans fats (also known as trans fatty acids) are a specific type of fat formed when food manufacturers turn liquid oils into solid fats like shortening and hard margarine. However, a small amount of trans fat is found naturally, primarily in some animal-based foods.

Trans fats behave like saturated fat by raising low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol that increases your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). Trans fats can be found in some of the same foods as saturated fat, such as vegetable shortenings, some margarines, crackers, candies, cookies, snack foods, fried foods, baked goods, salad dressings, and other processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

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Are there any Trans Fats in Paramount Seafoods products?

Paramount's seafood products (tuna, salmon, sardines, clams, oysters, crabmeat, shrimp, scallops, jack mackerel, anchovies) contain 0g Trans fats per serving.

For additional Nutrition Information, go to your favourite Paramount Item in the "Products" Section and click on Nutrition and Size Information.

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I found something that looks like glass in my canned seafood, what is it?

Don't be alarmed by glass-like crystals that you may find in your canned seafood. They are simply Struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate), a naturally occurring mineral, that develops in the can during storage. They are sometimes present as small crystals that impart a grittiness to the product or they may occur as crystals 5-8 mm long. Struvite is not harmful and will readily dissolve in the digestive juices of the stomach.

How can struvite be distinguished from glass? Place crystals in a few drops of hot vinegar and they will gradually dissolve, while glass will not.

Struvite is extremely rare. For example, the incidence of struvite in our sockeye salmon is 2.4 in 1,000,000 cans.

If you have any concerns or questions about struvite, please don't hesitate to contact us. We are more than happy to answer your questions and always make it a priority to ensure that our customers are satisfied.

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