The nonprofit organization Food and Water Watch recently studied every available variety of seafood currently on the market in the U.S. to determine which they would recommend for consumption, and which should be avoided at all cost.
Celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, whose television show airs across Asia, recently told reporters of his difficulty finding safe, accurately labeled food to serve in his two Vietnamese restaurants.
“The ever-expanding gravity and danger” of pollution and “environmental degradation” raises health risks and costs for Vietnamese citizens, a recent government conference concluded. The severity of Vietnam’s water pollution – including arsenic and lead found in fresh water and in products made with water – is driving up the cost of the communist nation’s healthcare.
An article on LIVESTRONG.com recently touted the many benefits of catfish as part of a healthy diet, citing studies conducted by the USDA, and two professional studies published in medical journals.
The Federal Government shutdown is leading to cuts in imported food inspections because the Food and Drug Administration lacks the funds to operate fully, reports Food Poisoning Bulletin. The FDA is responsible for the safety of imported seafood including Asian-farmed catfish and the catfish-like species pangasius (basa, tra and swai) frequently sold as catfish in restaurants.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that fish producers in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have been unfairly selling the catfish-like species pangasius (basa, tra and swai) in the United States at prices below true market value. This “dumping” of fish, often sold in restaurants as catfish, has seriously harmed the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Industry. Americans eat more than 70 percent of catfish they consume in restaurants.
At least 25 percent of fish imported from Asian countries — predominately Vietnam and China — purchased at Raleigh, North Carolina area supermarkets contained formaldehyde, Food Safety News reported. The levels of formaldehyde in the fish, found and confirmed by private and North Carolina State University researchers, were higher than the minute traces of the carcinogenic chemical found in nature. The levels found in the tainted fish are banned for use in food within the United States.
September 9, 2013 — Chicken nuggets approved for processing in China for export to American consumers will likely not meet U.S. food safety standards, according to Shanghai-based Adam Minter, a news correspondent for Bloomberg World View.