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contaminated fish!
« on: July 09, 2007, 10:54:53 AM »
i hate it when people want to poison me for profit:


Industry in the Far East is booming - and of course, the United States has
had their hand in helping that boom: in 2006, the U.S. imported 40% of
their goods from China.

One of the unfortunate side effects of mass industrialization in a country
that is often ill equipped to deal with the burgeoning demand for their
goods are serious environmental issues. Case in point: the quality of the
water in China.

More and more, it is becoming public knowledge that Chinese factories are
routinely dumping waste into the surrounding bodies of water. So much so,
in fact, that the Chinese government had to shut off the city of Wuxi's
water supply because blue green algae had infested nearby lakes that
provide drinking water, reports a recent Washington Post article.

"Outside of Qingdao, pollutants from nearby liquor and leather factories
have turned streams a murky gray," continues the Post. "And in Nanjing,
the river that cuts through the city is full of urban trash, such as
twisted metal and clothing."

Yet, China is the biggest producer of farm-raised fish and Chinese seafood
imports to the United States were valued at $1.6 billion last year - a 193
percent increase from 2001, reports the Department of Agriculture.

But that number may be decreasing, as the FDA recently blocked the sale of
five kinds of farm-raised fish from China: shrimp, catfish, eel, basa and
dace, due to possible contamination.

To fight the sewage, pesticides (including DDT), and pollutants found in
Chinese bodies of water, the farm-raised fish are pumped full of
antibiotics to keep the fish healthy, or at least, alive. Unfortunately,
what they are treating the fish with has been found, in some cases, to
cause cancer in lab rats and may increase antibiotics resistance in
humans. Nice.

As these problems have been coming to the surface, scrutiny of Chinese
seafood at the U.S. ports that receive them has become more intense. "Back
in April, 257 shipments were rejected from China, 68 of which were
seafood, reports the NY Times. "Frozen eel contained pesticides, frozen
channel catfish had salmonella, and frozen yellowfin steaks were filthy,
the records show."

Filthy. Now there's a good, descriptive word that makes you want to
hightail it to the nearest Long John Silver's.

"In May, Food and Water Watch, a Washington-based nonprofit group found
that more than 60 percent of the seafood that was rejected at the border
came from China...Of the seafood that was refused at the border, filth was
the top listed reason and salmonella was second, with shrimp accounting
for about one half of those cases, the report finds."

Of course, these findings are based on an increased percentage of
Chinese seafood shipments inspected... five percent. FIVE PERCENT of these
imports were inspected, and that's what they found. Imagine if they
inspected ten percent.

And even with all of these inspections, aggressive Chinese exporters are
undeterred.. .and the problem isn't contained just to seafood. In addition
to using antibiotics, chemicals, and in some cases, herbal Chinese
medicines to keep farm-raised fish 'healthy', some Chinese exporters have
taken to mislabeling products - take April's pet food debacle, for

In this case, it was revealed that the tainted Chinese ingredient that had
been incorporated into U.S. pet food and then later made its way into
chicken and pig feed wasn't wheat gluten or rice protein, as it had been
advertised, but seriously contaminated wheat flour.

Then, to add insult to injury, the mislabeled, contaminated flour was
mixed into fish food in Canada, and then exported to the United States,
where it was then fed to farm-raised fish.

"Accordingly, some American fish may be laced with melamine, the
industrial toxin whose spread has revealed in startling detail the many
ways in which the food chains for pets, farm animals and humans are
internationally intertwined, " reports the Washington Post.
opto, ergo sum.

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Re: contaminated fish!
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2007, 07:52:02 PM »
What about fish oil where in the world does that come from and indeed is it in fact safe for consumption as well?
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