FDA Halts Some Seafood Imports from China

FDA Halts Some Seafood Imports from China

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Faith Durand
Jun 29, 2007

The FDA's temporary halt to the import of some Chinese-raised fish has caused concern over the last day. Yesterday the FDA announced that, after months of testing, they'd determined the levels of certain antibiotics and chemicals in the fish to be potentially harmful to humans. They are halting imports until testing and inspections can be set up. The seafood included in this halt are eels, shrimp, catfish, basa, and dace.

So, what does this mean for consumers? The FDA has urged restaurants and grocery stores not to pitch the stock they have; these potential carcinogens and chemicals seem to only cause harm after prolonged consumption. But even so, with 21 percent of US seafood imports coming from China, including 7 percent of its shrimp and 10 percent of its catfish, expect to see prices rising. It's a good reminder to us to stick as close to home as possible when buying seafood...

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