A group of researchers has accused salmon skin manufacturers of promoting claims about the health benefits of salmon skin.
The researchers say the claims are “irresponsible and misleading” and have called for a boycott of salmon skins.
The researchers from the University of Queensland and the University for Coastal Australia say the products advertised by salmon skin companies do not provide scientific evidence of the health benefit of salmon.
The researchers say they have conducted “a comprehensive, open-label, placebo-controlled clinical trial involving 668 salmon skin samples from around the world, using commercially available analytical methods”.
They said there were no published studies that linked salmon skin to any of the nine common skin conditions they investigated.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland-based salmon skin company IJ Products said the claims made by the researchers were “unhelpful and misleading”.
“We are extremely disappointed that the researchers chose to focus on the safety of salmon and not the health effects of the product,” the spokeswoman said.”IJ Products has made a commitment to the Australian public to not consume our salmon skins in the foreseeable future and we take our salmon products very seriously.”
We have always made it clear that the salmon skin we produce is safe and effective and we support the use of salmon-derived skin by those who wish to reduce their skin cancer risk.
“In their study, the researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Australia and the Australian College of Surgeons found that there were “no significant differences” between the types of salmon studied.”
A good idea’The Queensland researchers say that despite the “lack of evidence” they had chosen to focus their study on the skin cancer prevention effects of salmon products.””
There was no significant difference in the number of cases of skin cancer, skin cancer mortality, or skin cancer morbidity between those who ate the salmon or those who didn’t.”‘
A good idea’The Queensland researchers say that despite the “lack of evidence” they had chosen to focus their study on the skin cancer prevention effects of salmon products.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study to look at the potential health benefits from salmon skin in the context of other skin cancers,” they wrote.
IJ Ingredients Australia spokeswoman Emily Bickford said the company would not comment on the study because it had not been published.
“This is a very important study that is now in the hands of independent scientists,” she said.
The Queensland scientists also criticised IJ’s claim that “there was no statistically significant difference” between those with skin cancer and those who did not.
“Our analysis did not find any significant difference between those participants with or without cancer,” they noted.
Bickford says IJ Ingredients Australians will be monitoring the results of the study.
Professor Scott Hughes, of the University at Adelaide, said the Queensland research was a “good idea” but that the evidence was “very limited”.
“It’s just really hard to get a clear picture of whether the claims make sense and whether the salmon is a good product to consume,” he said.
He said there was no evidence to suggest that salmon products could prevent skin cancer.
“It would seem that the reason we’re so concerned about this is because of the lack of research,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“There’s just no way to tell if these claims are true, and what effect they have on the human body.”
That is a question that we don’t have a lot of scientific data on yet.