Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers
Seafood raised on pig feces and crawling with flies is being sold to U.S. consumers. As popular as shrimp is in America, very rarely do people actually pay attention to where it comes from. 100 million pounds of shrimp a year, 8% of the shrimp Americans eat, come from some of the dirtiest conditions imaginable.
Just think about a warehouse filled with workers walking on dirty floors full with garbage, flies walking all over un-chilled shrimp in a room that doesn’t have any air conditioning during September in tropical climates.
This processed shrimp are then packaged into disgusting plastic containers with ice that was made out of tap water, the local ministry said should be boiled before consuming to prevent any contamination. This is what it looks like in the shrimp industry in Vietnam.
“Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable,” says microbiologist Mansour Samadpour, whose company, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, specializes in testing water for shellfish farming.
Then there are the tilapia farms in China where farmers feed fish a steady diet of pig and goose feces.
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.
Even though the Chinese swear that they don’t use feces as food because it contaminates water and makes fish more susceptible to diseases, but still a fast growing number of farmers practice this anyways because of the large competition. There have been many farmers that have changed to feces as it’s a cheaper alternative to fish food.Either way, these tilapia find their way to US food producers.
Keep in mind, 27% of the seafood Americans eat comes from China. Of that, much of it is rejected due to the conditions the food is in. According to Bloomberg Markets magazine, even though the FDA only inspects 2.7 percent of imported food, FDA inspectors rejected 1,380 loads of seafood from Vietnam and 820 loads of Chinese seafood since 2007. If all of this food is being rejected for filth and salmonella, it raises the question – why are we importing this food anyway?