FDA Bans Some Seafood From China

United States
June 30, 2007 12:40pm CST
I am really upset at this. I cannot believe that our government has known this since 2006 and did nothing about it until now. Yesterday Thursday June 28, 2007, the FDA announced that a broader import control of all farm-raised catfish, basa, shrimp, dace (related to carp), and eel from China. FDA will start to detain these products at the border until the shipments are proven to be free of residues from drugs that are not approved in the United States for use in farm-raised aquatic animals. You can read this at the government site here: http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01660.html They state that to date, there have been no reported illnesses. I was shocked to read that the FDA did targeted sampling from October 2006 through May 2007, FDA repeatedly found that farm raised seafood imported from China were contaminated with antimicrobial agents that are not approved for this use in the United States. How can they keep this from us for that length of time and not do anything about it until now. You can read about this testing here. http://www.emergencyemail.org/newsemergency/anmviewer.asp?a=205&z=1 The Washington Post had a wonderful article on this here. They state “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday banned the import of five types of farm-raised fish and shrimp from China because they have been found to contain unsafe drugs, some of which can cause cancer.” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/28/AR2007062801280.html I am really upset over this! To me this sounds so scary. The government knew this as early as Oct 2006 and did nothing to keep us safe from it. What are we paying our government to do if not to keep us safe? Wonder how much food we are eating that cause cancer? Or for that matter, what are we eating that the government KNOWS causes cancer and have not told us??
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
30 Jun 07
I have known that the Chinese farmers used human dung in their farming techniques also. Would that weird you out? Other counties spray differently and with things we have banned here for years. There is often sprays for transport to keep down hitchhikers too that would run amok in this country. We are not informed of the transport policies and we don't ask. Unless you grow the food yourself it is all suspect and you can only hope that somewhere along the line some care has been taken. Good luck in getting a handle on your own eating practices.
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
2 Jul 07
Sheesh, I know we can not trust China to have our best interests at heart (and I do think that this is a type of cowards warfare) but it especially sickens me that our own governmental offices do not give a hoot. Makes me wonder if they are in on it, either for monetary gain or ? ? ?
1 Jul 07
wow, that really sucks, good thing i'm not living there. I was really happy that they started the ban because China is so relaxed when it comes to controlling what businesses do. But now that u said they knew about it earlier and did nothing, that's pretty scary. Wonder what else they are hiding from u guys.
• United States
1 Jul 07
thanks for the link.It doesn't surprise me at all at what the government does anymore. I think I remembered seeing something about this on the news
• United States
1 Jul 07
I think our government is just really concerned with imports because it's just easier and a bit cheaper to do it that way, so they're not that concerned with what happens until the very last second. We've had a lot of problems with China lately and I really think they need to keep a better idea on what happens with their imports and stop focusing on the money aspect.
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I find it alarming that the government isnt being more cautious with our lives. I mean, do they not see this as valuable information fpr the American people? I am disturbed by this and I hope our government will change its practices where food safety is concerned. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
@kgwat70 (13395)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I heard about this on the news as well and am glad that they are doing something about it to make sure we are safe. They may be slow with letting us know about it but it is better late than never and it is better to be safe than sorry. I very rarely eat seafood but it does worry me what this could do to other people. No food is completely healthy but at least they will be doing more checking on what comes from China. There is also toothpaste coming from China that has caused health problems for people. Something is definitely going on out there.
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
1 Jul 07
Yes, it is very scarey and just makes me all the more convinced that the only way to survive is to eat only what I have grown, caught, or killed myself.
• United States
1 Jul 07
It sickens me that this is happening. We trust our government to protect us and inform us. Guess they pulled the wool over our eyes once again. With all of the recalls and scares it is best to buy American products. But, then again, can we trust every American product? The government says they are safe, do we trust that statement?
@GardenGerty (115215)
• United States
1 Jul 07
When I buy seafood, I try to make sure it is wild caught, this will make me be even more cautious. I wish I could raise everything I eat, I know I would definitely be healthier. Again, you do a wonderful job keeping us informed.