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Off-flavor detectives making steady progress

FISH HEALTH NOTES BY ROD GETCHELL

ITHACA, NY – I’ve seen a number of scientific articles recently about off-flavor problems in fish. What surprised me most was the location of the authors – Quebec, Israel, and China – and the progress being made towards solving one of aquaculture’s most troublesome problems.

Off-flavor issues clearly have a negative impact on the aquaculture industry. Inconsistent product quality can lead to reduced consumption and a loss of customers. Holding fish in clean water until off-flavor is purged costs farmers millions of dollars because of increased feed costs, delayed production, failure to provide a consistent supply to the market, and risk of disease. Levels of off-flavor in the fish, water temperature, and size and fat content of the fish affect the purging rate.

 

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