The presence of allergens

D: Do Rio Mare products contain gluten?

R: Tuna in Olive Oil, Tuna in Brine, Salmon fillets and Paté do not contain any traces of gluten. Additionally, our tubed patès, our smoked salmon fillets and our fillets marinated in lemon have been registered in the AIC handbook. As far as the other products are concerned, given the variety of ingredients used, we recommend reading the labels carefully to check for the presence of allergens, if any.

D: What allergens do Rio Mare products contain?

R: Depending on the ingredients used, Rio Mare products might contain allergens: gluten, lactose, mustard, celery and soy. In any event, the presence of allergens depends on the ingredients used and are always indicated on the label.

D: Do Rio Mare products contain lactose?

R:  At present, products containing lactose include: Patè Tuna&Cheese, Patè Rustico with Tuna and Capers, Patè Rustico with Tuna and Peppers and Patè Rustico with Tuna and Tomatoes. In any event, the presence of lactose is always indicated on the label.

D: Does your tuna contain preservatives?

R:  Rio Mare products do not contain preservatives.

D: Does your canned tuna contain colorants?

R: Rio Mare products do not contain colorants.



Mercury and related health risks

D: Is it true that tuna has a high mercury content?

R: Tuna, like all large fish predators which are at the top of the food chain, belongs to a species that, more than others, is subject to an accumulation of mercury. For this reason our raw material is purchased from selected, certified producers who are required to comply with the technical specifications, specified expressly to guarantee appropriate standards of safety and quality. The tuna is checked regularly, both prior to being delivered to our plant upon arrival in compliance with our control procedure in accordance with the HACCP plan. As far as our products are concerned, the mercury levels registered by us are 10 times lower than the limits established by the EU to protect Public Health and prevent health risks. Limit levels are established by the European Community to protect Public Health and prevent health risks.

D: Can tuna be eaten during pregnancy? And in what amounts?

R: None of our products have any health restrictions insofar as specific segments of the public are concerned. The only exception are people who have actually been diagnosed as having specific allergies to the ingredients used. However, we do recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers and growing children consume our products, as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Nevertheless, we suggest consulting your gynaecologist or pediatrician for more information regarding the correct intake of fish during the various stages of pregnancy, nursing and childhood . However, during pregnancy, we suggest that you do not exceed an intake of more than 340g of fish per week as recommended by the FDA, EPA and EFSA.

D: Are there any health risks involved in eating smoked salmon during pregnancy?

R: None of our products have any health restrictions insofar as specific segments of the public are concerned, the only exception are people who have actually been diagnosed as having specific allergies to the ingredients used. However, we do recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers and growing children consume our products, as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Nevertheless, we suggest consulting your gynaecologist or pediatrician for more information regarding the correct intake of fish during the various stages of pregnancy, nursing and childhood . However, during pregnancy we suggest that you do not exceed an intake of more than 340g of fish per week as recommended by the FDA, EPA and EFSA.

D: Can you eat tuna while nursing?

R: None of our products have any health restrictions insofar as specific segments of the public are concerned, the only exception are people who have actually been diagnosed as having specific allergies to the ingredients used. However, we do recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers and growing children consume our products, as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Nevertheless, we suggest consulting your gynaecologist or pediatrician for more information regarding the correct intake of fish during the various stages of pregnancy, nursing and childhood . However, during pregnancy we suggest that you do not exceed an intake of more than 340g of fish per week as recommended by the FDA, EPA and EFSA.

D: Are there any intake limitations for pregnant women and children?

R:  None of our products have any health restrictions insofar as specific segments of the public are concerned, the only exception are people who have actually been diagnosed as having specific allergies to the ingredients used. However, we do recommend that pregnant women, nursing mothers and growing children consume our products, as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Nevertheless, we suggest consulting your gynaecologist or pediatrician for more information regarding the correct intake of fish during the various stages of pregnancy, nursing and childhood. However, during pregnancy we suggest that you do not exceed an intake of more than 340g of fish per week as recommended by the FDA, EPA and EFSA.



Benefits

D: Can you eat fish more than twice a week?

R:  Generally speaking, dietary recommendations suggest the consumption of large predatory fish (e.g.: tuna, swordfish and pike ) or fatty fish (e.g.: salmon and herring) once or twice a week.

D: . Does canned fish contain the same nutritional properties as fresh fish?

R:  The production method involved in canning fish uses a heat treatment that can alter its nutritional properties slightly. However in spite of this, the nutritional properties of canned fish remain similar to those of fresh fish.