Producers unfazed by ‘fake news’ that tilapia is unhealthy
Anyone can fall victim to fake news, may it be a political figure, a celebrity and even food. News about tilapia being a more unhealthy option than bacon or burger has been resurfacing throughout social media.
The fake news about tilapia started when Wake Forest University professor Floyd H. Chilton, had his controversial study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in July 2008. Since then, this news has been resurfacing year after year. Multiple websites such as edrugsearch.com, eatthis.com, draxe.com, and reportshealthcare.com keeps on publishing the material.
The Wake Forrest University has clarified that his study was taken out of context but the articles about this is still being shared in social media sites.
Meanwhile, Brazil, the world’s fourth largest tilapia producer, is set to export a part of their production (mainly fresh tilapia) to the US market, where prices are stable at roughly $3.20 to 3.60 per pound.
This, as the demand for the product is continuously growing.
Several local tilapia producers, including Brazilian chicken giant Cooperativa Agroindustrial Consolata (Copacol), GeneSeas, Royal Fish, MCassab, C. Vale, Tilabras, among others, are also planning to grow production and processing capacity significantly during 2018.
According to a report fron Undercurrent News, Copacol has expanded its tilapia production over the last two years.
The company has also doubled its processing capacity for the species. GeneSeas also plans to further expand its production this year, as it is in the process of doubling its processing capacity.
The firm has invested a total of $6 million to expand its farming and processing capacity.
Meanwhile, Tilabras, which owns the largest tilapia license in Latin America, began the implementation phase at its tilapia farm in Tres Lagoas, Brazil.