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April 20, 2007
Friday Squid Blogging: Hong Kong Consumers Urged to Eat Less Dried Squid
It contains high levels of arsenic.
Pity, I kind of like squid jerky.
Posted on April 20, 2007 at 4:18 PM
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"Pity, I kind of like squid jerky."
So do I, and I thought I was the only one. What time do you have dinner?
A little squid jerky might be a wise security measure in the sense of mithridatism.
The article describes the measurement of inorganic arsenic which might be indicative of seawater pollution. Does the article imply that squid jerky naturally contains undesirable levels of arsenic or is it just squid jerky caught in polluted Hong Kong seawater that is high in arsenic? If so, the lesson is to think about local pollution when buying local seafood. I'm seem to recall reading about high levels of mercury in Japanese seawater caused by industrial effluent.
Squid jerky is okay in limited amounts. It is not okay when that's the only thing one's hiking partner brought along for the group on a four-day trip. It was good with pasta the first night, not bad with oatmeal the next morning, getting to be a bit much as the only course for lunch, and cause for revolt when broken out for dinner. Fortunately, thimbleberries and blueberries were both in season, so Guy survived.
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