Where does Marks & Spencer salmon come from?
Our salmon comes from Scottish and Irish farms and certified wild Alaskan waters. Each pack is clearly labelled with the country of origin for farmed fish and the ocean of catch for our wild fish. Our strict traceability policy means we can trace each pack back to where it was caught or farmed.
Scottish wild salmon is now very scarce and has been placed on our banned list until restocking programs we are supporting lead to a recovery of these stocks.
All farms are audited to our ‘Select Farm Assurance’ specifications enabling us to give our customers assurances on animal welfare, food safety and quality. The husbandry of fish is also approved by RSPCA Freedom Food, representing the best possible standards of care.
What are the salmon fed?
We’ve developed our own specifications for the feeding of salmon, which ensures the fish are fed a wholesome diet to maintain optimum health and welfare. We prohibit the addition of any ingredients from land animals or genetically-modified ingredients in any of our feeds.
Are the salmon given antibiotics?
Due to our high standards of animal husbandry, it is now very unusual to have to give salmon antibiotics – some of our farms have been antibiotic free for over five years. However, if fish become ill we are permitted to treat them with appropriate veterinary supervision. Any antibiotics must be licenced and prescribed under veterinary control and the fish cannot be harvested before all traces have faded. As an added precaution, if fish have required treatment, a sample is taken to ensure no medicine remains in the fish at the time of harvest. It is not permitted to use antibiotics for growth promotion.
Are the salmon given hormones?
No. It is illegal to administer any growth-promoting hormones to any animal used for food production in the UK and throughout the EU.
How does Marks & Spencer organic salmon differ to the rest of its salmon?
The principal difference is that Marks & Spencer smoked salmon is produced on organic farms where feed given is made from organic ingredients. Our organic smoked salmon meets the organic farming standards of the Soil Association and other EU organic accreditation bodies.
We hope you’re really enjoying your new Cook with M&S cookbook and all the delicious recipes inside. Unfortunately, we were so excited to share it with you that we didn’t notice there was a small misprint in our recipe for roast lamb with rosemary and anchovy gremolata on p111. The cooking time is 1 hour 25–45 minutes (depending on how you like your lamb cooked) not 25 minutes. We’ve included the full updated recipe here, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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