Claudette Bethune is a practicing clinical scientist in the USA. Born in Harrisburg PA and raised in Honolulu Hawaii, Claudette was trained at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and has a doctorate in drug metabolism and clinical pharmacokinetics and is qualified to characterize medicine as well as food nutrients and toxins by the US FDA and international regulatory bodies.
In 2003, Dr. Bethune accepted a senior scientist position at the public Norwegian Institute for Nutrition and Seafood Safety in Bergen, Norway. While in Norway, Dr. Bethune developed the analytical methods for contaminants in seafood, conducted analysis of contaminants in dietary intervention studies with farmed salmon, and provided risk assessment on the level of specific contaminants in Norwegian seafood to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, the Nordic Council, and the EU Food Safety Authority.
In 2006, Dr. Bethune came forward in the Norwegian media with the findings of dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in a single serving of Norwegian farmed Atlantic salmon that exceeded the World Health Organization’s tolerable daily intake, calling for a revision of dietary guidelines to protect those most vulnerable to these toxins, pregnant women and children. Dr. Bethune also modeled the exposure in farmed salmon to cadmium from a feed accident in 2005 and for this information was removed from her position. She returned to the US to practice medicine and has continued to examine the issues of disease and contamination of global salmon aquaculture and the health effects of consumption to consumers.