Renowned BC chef Tojo joins Farmed and Dangerous Campaign to reform salmon farming industry

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2005

Chef Tojo urges all sushi chefs to make their restaurants farmed salmon free until the salmon farming industry reforms its current practices

VANCOUVER – World famous Chef Hidekazu Tojo of Tojo’s Restaurant in Vancouver BC, has joined the Costal Alliance for Aquaculture Reform’s Farmed and Dangerous campaign and is urging all sushi chefs in North America to do the same. Chefs and restaurants have been signing onto the campaign by making a pledge to not use farmed salmon until there is substantial reform within the industry.

Chef Hidekazu Tojo says “It’s time for all restaurants, especially sushi restaurants, to work toward sustainability and join the Farmed And Dangerous initiative. Chefs should choose to abstain from serving a product such as farmed salmon that is infused with artificial colourants, contains pesticides, PCB’s, flame retardants and has recently been reported to contain a banned chemical. I’m calling on all chefs to join Farmed And Dangerous and stop using farmed salmon until the industry implements major changes.”

Dom Repta from the Friends of Clayoquot Sound, and Markets Campaigner for the campaign says “Having a progressive leader such as Chef Tojo support Farmed and Dangerous sends a strong message to consumers that they should refrain from consuming farmed salmon until the industry changes its practices. Consumers deserve the right to know that feedlot produced farmed salmon not only contribute to major environmental impacts, but are packaged with far to little regard for food quality and safety issues.”

By signing on to the Farmed And Dangerous campaign, chefs pledge to stop buying and selling farmed salmon until a list of conditions that would move the salmon farming industry toward sustainability have been met. Catherine Stewart, Aquaculture campaigner with the Living Oceans Society said, “Chef Tojo is renowned for quality and excellence in the culinary world, among diners and colleagues alike. His rejection of farmed salmon sends a forceful signal to the aquaculture industry that it’s time for real and substantive change.”

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For more information please contact:

Chef Hidekazu Tojo, 604-872-8050

Dom Repta, Friends of Clayoquot Sound, 604-699-0065

Catherine Stewart, Living Oceans Society, 604-916-6722

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