Thursday, June 28, 2007

Yet Another Warning About Imported Food

The ink was barely dry on my last post when I happened to see a report published today that stated that the FDA has detained possibly tainted fish from China. This fish, imported for consumption by you and me, may contain antibiotics and antifungals that are not allowed in food in this country.

Apparently the Chinese have a history of importing tainted fish to the U.S. From the article:

The use of drugs in foreign fish farming operations has long been a concern of federal and state regulators. Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi recently banned imports of catfish from China after tests detected antibiotics not approved for use in farmed seafood.

"Clearly the addition of these drugs, it's a deliberate event," Margaret Glavin, the FDA's associate commissioner for regulatory affairs, told reporters. "If they stop adding them, the problem is going to go away."

According to the article, only 5% of farmed fish from China is actually inspected by the FDA. I'm thinking Andy and Opie were wise to spend their free time down at the fishin' hole.

1 comment:

Barb the Evil Genius said...

Look at the problems recently with the tainted pet food. Same source.