Americans continue to consume more and more seafood each year. Where is all of this seafood coming from? Much of it comes from Asian Fish Farms. Though many see this as a good of way of controlling the quality of the fish, enabling farmers to have better control over how the fish are raised.
This is true. But, unfortunately, having the ability to raise fish properly and humanely does not guarantee that it will be done so. Here are a few disturbing findings.
- In Vietnam, shrimp that are farmed and packed to make their way to the U.S. are put on ice- ice made from tap water containing pathogenic bacteria (bacteria that cause infections).
- The same company, notes Bloomberg, has “trash on the floor and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an un-chilled room.”
- In China, Tilapia fish farms are fed geese manure and pig- containing salmonella; this makes the tilapia “more susceptible to disease.”
- In May, ABC News purchased 30 samples of imported farmed shrimp from across the country and had them tested for antibiotic traces; three of the samples contained detectable levels of these dangerous antibiotics.
- Some of the antibiotics used are banned in the U.S.
It’s no surprise that most food-borne illnesses stem from imported seafood. Why doesn’t the FDA step in and regulate the import of seafood? Some suggest that it isn’t a lack of finances, but rather that the U.S. government does not want to anger allies like China. The question is- is it worth risking the life of Americans all across the country?
Paul Hudson | Elite.