Dangers of Unregulated, Imported Catfish
Imported catfish may be contaminated with antibiotic, pesticide or bacterial residues.
Imported catfish often come from Southeast Asia, where use of chemicals and antibiotics is barely regulated. Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspects less than 2% of imported seafood, imported catfish may be contaminated with antibiotic, pesticide or bacterial residues.
Read more of what the food safety group Food and Water Watch says about imported catfish and related species.
For more information on the trouble with imported seafood, see the Food & Water Watch‚ 2007 report, Import Alert.
Press Release: Contaminated Asian Catfish Discovered by Alabama Labs Highlights Urgency of Implementing Law Requiring USDA Inspections and Regulations: Read this press release.
Read the verbatim entries of Chinese Catfish Import Refusal Actions by the FDA as Recorded in FDA’s online “OASIS Import Refusals” Database.
Read the verbatim reports of Shipment Entry Refusal Actions by FDA as Recorded in “OASIS” Online Database for Pangasius and Catfish from Vietnam, May, 2008 through December 2009