A recently released three-minute film puts the spotlight on Vietnamese catfish farming practices. The footage — showing crowded, polluted growing conditions — was shot during the third week of April by a crew hired by Catfish Farmers of America.
Read this letter from The Catfish Farmers of America to OMB Director Peter Orszag. This is a response to the letter sent to Dir. Orszag by members of Congress who seem more concerned about protecting Asia’s exports, than keeping food safe for Americans.
The website exposes the health and safety dangers to American consumers created by the Food and Drug Administration’s weak inspection system for imported seafood.
As part of the 2008 farm bill, Congress instructed the USDA to expand its inspections of meat and poultry products to catfish. The inspections were supposed to begin within six months of the farm bill’s passage….Now, nearly two years later, the inspections remain tied up in bureaucratic red tape.
Mislabeling common, but enforcement lacking, leaving mostly self-policing.
The U.S. catfish industry endorses and fully supports the catfish inspection responsibility under the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.