Brief Outline: Image with negative information on the Tilapia is being shared on the social media claiming that eating this harvested Tilapia in artificial fish farms is harmful and can cause cancer.

Origin: This news is mainly spread on the social media sites

Ayupp Rating: Fake

Viral Example: There is a reason tilapia is so cheap. It is raised in deplorable conditions and quickly. You are likely eating GMO fed fish when you buy farmed and a diet of tilapia can become dangerous.

Fish taco night is most often tilapia. Ask and just say no thanks.

Stop eating this Fake ass fish..

This fish is boneless, has no skin and can’t be overcooked.

You can’t find tilapia in the wild. It’s harvested in artificial fish farms.

The algae & lake, or replaced by gmo soy & com.

Eating tilapia is worse than eating bacon or a hamburger.

Dioxin is found in this fish. Cancers are caused by this toxin Dioxin, which  can take up to 11 years to clear your body of it once cosumed.


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Detailed Analysis:  The news information on Tilapia fish is not new, but is has been shared over the years. It is also rumored that it is a mutant fish that doesn’t have skin or bones. There are warning’s that Tilapia doesn’t exists in the wild and eating Tilapia can cause havoc and it is worse than eating bacon or a hamburger. However none is true, all are fake information being shared on the social media.

There is no source on the fact check by the image being share across the social media.

Is Tilapia boneless? The answer is no. Tilapia is available acorns many parts of the world and people who have been eating this fish knows quite well that this is not a correct information. Tilapia is just another fish and having bone or not having does not make it different.

Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers and lakes and less commonly found living in brackish water. They have been of major importance in artisanal fishing in Africa. Tilapia is the fourth most consumed fish in the United States dating back to 2002. The popularity of tilapia came about due to its low price, easy preparation, and its mild taste. So they are not a mutant nor worse than eating Hamburger as claimed in the image link. It is widely ate across the world.

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The last point to Tilapia Contains Cancer-Causing Dioxin

Dioxins are some of the most toxic substances on earth, and they have been linked to cancer. And it’s true that “more than 90 percent of human exposure” to dioxins comes from food.  Today people are exposed to dioxins primarily by eating food, in particular animal products, contaminated by these chemicals. Dioxins are mainly byproducts of industrial practices. They are produced through a variety of incineration processes, including improper municipal waste incineration and burning of trash, and can be released into the air during natural processes, such as forest fires and volcanoes.

However tilapia don’t appear to be at a higher risk for containing dioxins than any other fish. Tilapia are mostly farmed and not caught in the wild, their dioxin levels could actually be lower than levels in other species of fish.


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About The Author

Ashwin Chandra is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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