Are you only buying wild seafood that you know the source of? If not, you may be in for a surprise about the seafood you’re eating. According to reports made to Bloomberg, your seafood is not exactly eating what it should be… Another reminder to VOTE with your fork for the kind of food you want to eat!
“Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) — At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau.
Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S. That’s almost 8 percent of the shrimp Americans eat.
According to newest reports, the popular tilapia fish is farmed in even worst conditions in China. “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, who has studied food–borne diseases in China. Of course, Chinese officials are denying these claims and “discourage” the use of feces as food as it contaminates water sources and make fish more prone to serious diseases. However, due to the rising competition, most farmers are using this method for feeding their fish as it is cheaper than regular fish food. Eventually, the tilapia finds its way to markets all around the world.
Almost 30% of the seafood in USA comes from China, and most of it is sent back due to the condition of the food. However, according to Bloomberg Markets magazine, the FDA has sent back only 1380 of frozen seafood from Vietnam and 820 loads of Chinese seafood since 2007, which makes it clear that the we’re consuming low-quality seafood grown in seriously unhealthy conditions. Knowing this, we strongly suggest asking about the origin the seafood you’re buying – if it comes from China or Vietnam, you’re better off without it.
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