Tilapia, Chinese Farm Raised IQF


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Tilapia, Chinese Farm Raised IQF


Farm-raised tilapia is one of the most highly consumed fish in America.  It has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and, perhaps worse, very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

In the United States, tilapia has shown the biggest gains in popularity among seafood, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010," write the Wake Forest researchers in an article published this month in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

Tilapia is the fifth most important fish in fish farming because of their large size, rapid growth, and palatability

Like other large fish, they are a good source of protein and popular among artisanal and commercial fisheries. Most such fisheries were originally found in Africa, but outdoor fish farms in tropical countries such as Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Indonesia are underway in freshwater lakes.

China is the largest Tilapia producer in the world, seconded by Egypt.

Whole tilapia fish can be processed into skinless, boneless fillets: the yield is from 30 percent to 37 percent, depending on fillet size and final trim.