According to a new report, US customers are buying Asian seafood fed with pig feces and no one is doing anything about it! Shrimps are very popular in the USA, and people are buying them without questioning the quality of the product. However, most of the shrimp sold in American markets has now been confirmed to come from an unimaginable source.
Imagine a dirty warehouse covered in trash with flies going over the baskets of shrimps thrown around by dirty workers in an unaired room. Not really great, right? Well, this is a perfect description of the shrimp industry in Vietnam. The shrimps arrive like this on dirty docks, and are then packed into dirty plastic tubs full of ice made from tap water that should be always boiled before use. This is unacceptable. “Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable,” says Mansour Samadpour, a microbiologist who specializes in testing water for shellfish farming. If you have been grossed out by the shrimp industry, you’re in for a shock.
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.