Nearly 27 per cent of all seafood consumed in the United States comes from Asia – that translates to millions of pounds of fish, shrimp and other seafood delights each and every year.
But those numbers are horrifying as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that a large portion of those shipments are contaminated.
In a recent undercover investigation, places throughout Vietnam and China were littered in filth, flies crawling everywhere, with stacks of unchilled seafood laying bare to the exposed heat.
Some that even surpass minimal clean standards are shipping seafood in dirty plastic tubs that are reused and barely cleaned or properly sterilized. Those that are put on ice and water are done so with contaminated tap water that is undrinkable to humans.
Last year Vietnam shipped 100-million pounds of shrimp into the U.S. – now the discovery of shrimp and fish farms feeding on pig feces are cropping up around the country, some hidden from site for decades in a business that has been plagued with massive contamination.
Sources say that shrimp that does make it into shipping container in a non-contaminated way are often filled with ice and water that can easily spread bacteria to the shrimp, creating a deadly and often viral situation for the billion dollar industry.
Even undercover teams in the Philippines found that they too use the same practices. With pigs farms nearby, large tilapia and prawn farms are channeled to the waters where fish and shrimp are raised for export.
This same practice is relevant is many shellfish farms throughout Asia – nobody knows or understand the reality of it, hidden from most eyes, and never seen or heard of on the US seafood retail markets.
USDA and SGS SA Inspected Seafood
The sad part is that much of the seafood is certified ‘safe’ by Geneva-based food auditor SGS SA – many of the companies say that are attempting to meet what SGS SA says is “International Standards” – but what and who is setting the standards, and who is letting the bacteria infested seafood pass go?
China and Vietnam are known to feed fish farms with pig and geese faeces – this practice is highly dangerous and is something American consumers need to take note of.
Director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, Michael Doyle said: “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like Salmonella.”
Sources who examined some of the farms say that the stench of excrement is so overpowering you cannot get near them. The practice is widespread, and is used when replacing commercial fish foods as a cost saving factor in a highly competitive market where seafood prices are stagnant.
Today the FDA is only inspecting 2.7 per cent of all food imported into the United States. Last year, 1,380 loads of seafood from Vietnam were rejected due to filth and salmonella. China had 820 shipments rejected, mostly those containing tilapia.