If you are still eating cheap food, perhaps this will finally help you wake up. Oh, and this story isn’t new. This didn’t just happen. It’s BEEN happening.
Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces
Around 27 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from China and the FDA has found that these shipments are frequently contaminated. BUT, the agency only inspects about 2.7 percent of imported food. Thankfully, if it’s contaminated, it’s rejected. And of those rejected, 1,380 loads were seafood from Vietnam ( for filth and salmonella)- including 81 from Ngoc Sinh.
A visit to Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, on Vietnam’s southern coast, will find workers standing on a dirty floor sorting shrimp. Besides the trash on the floor, there are flies crawling over the baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room. Elsewhere you’ll find shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs, covered 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.”
Yum. Is anyone still hungry?
But no worries, Ngoc Sinh has been certified as safe by Geneva-based food auditor SGS SA. And yet, SGS spokeswoman Jennifer Buckley reports her company has no record of auditing Ngoc Sinh. Hmmm…
Still hungry? No worries. Let’s move on to China.
From the article:
“At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety. “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied foodborne diseases in China.”
FDA Rejects Chinese Seafood Shipments
The FDA has also rejected 820 Chinese seafood shipments-including 187 that contained tilapia.
One more time…STILL HUNGRY?
Time to start buying from verified sources, farmers markets, etc.