Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers


Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers

Shrimp farmers in Ca Mau province in Vietnam, use ice made from tap water that the government says isn’t safe to drink without boiling it, Sept 10, 2012. Photographer: Viet Dung Tran/ Bloomberg Markets via Bloomberg.

At Ngoc Sinh Seafoods Trading & Processing Export Enterprise, a seafood exporter on Vietnam’s southern coast, workers stand on a dirty floor sorting shrimp one hot September day. There’s trash on the floor, and flies crawl over baskets of processed shrimp stacked in an unchilled room in Ca Mau.

Elsewhere in Ca Mau, Nguyen Van Hoang packs shrimp headed for the U.S. in dirty plastic tubs. He covers them in ice made with tap water that the Vietnamese Health Ministry says should be boiled before drinking because of the risk of contamination with bacteria. Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S. That’s almost 8 percent of the shrimp Americans eat.

Using ice made from tap water in Vietnam is dangerous because it can spread bacteria to the shrimp, microbiologist Mansour Samadpour says, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports.

“Those conditions — ice made from dirty water, animals near the farms, pigs — are unacceptable,” says Samadpour, whose company, IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, specializes in testing water for shellfish farming.

Ngoc Sinh has been certified as safe by Geneva-based food auditor SGS SA, says Nguyen Trung Thanh, the company’s general director.

No Record

“We are trying to meet international standards,” Thanh says.

SGS spokeswoman Jennifer Buckley says her company has no record of auditing Ngoc Sinh.

At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied foodborne diseases in China.

On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of excrement is overpowering. After seeing dead fish on the surface, Chen, 45, wades barefoot into his murky pond to open a pipe that adds fresh water from a nearby canal. Exporters buy his fish to sell to U.S. companies.

Yang Shuiquan, chairman of a government-sponsored tilapia aquaculture association in Lianjiang, 200 kilometers from Yangjiang, says he discourages using feces as food because it contaminates water and makes fish more susceptible to diseases. He says a growing number of Guangdong farmers adopt that practice anyway because of fierce competition.

“Many farmers have switched to feces and have stopped using commercial feed,” he says.

Frequently Contaminated

About 27 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from China — and the shipments that the FDA checks are frequently contaminated, the FDA has found. The agency inspects only about 2.7 percent of imported food. Of that, FDA inspectors have rejected 1,380 loads of seafood from Vietnam since 2007 for filth and salmonella, including 81 from Ngoc Sinh, agency records show. The FDA has rejected 820 Chinese seafood shipments since 2007, including 187 that contained tilapia.

SOURCE:  Bloomberg News

18 Responses to Asian Seafood Raised on Pig Feces Approved for U.S. Consumers

  1. Suzi Folz says:

    So, does that mean that the FDA has stopped importing their nasty shit or not, meaning they say they are but really just keeping it on the DL?!

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  3. Dave Boland says:

    Thank you for bringing us this informative news. OI promise you, I will never, never eat another shrimp unless it comes from St Johns river. Only fresh (unfrozen) fish will enter my body from this moment on….

  4. St Johns in Florida? Probably worse.

  5. It is almost impossible to find seafood caught and packaged in the US. Tell me were to buy and I will.

  6. Just think one Mad Cow and all of Canada’s beef is forbidden for 4 years and it did not even make it to the boarder. I call double standards.

  7. Man i love oysters raw or fried… and really love my fish raw, but man i draw the line at pig poop. & hormel Americas #1 chili… has America lost is mind… at Chili Cook off had some organic bison cannabis chili …man Hormel has nothing on that. git a clue America demand better food… why do we have the worst labeling, highest obesity, cancer stroke rate in the world… imprison Monsanto get that SOB out of our government now! ask somebody who works in his lab what really goes on there…they will say i can’t tell you. Impeachment time for Larry Sinclare s butt buddy don’t you think maybe Monsanto sucks his cock too…or is it the other way around… either way they both have to go if we want to clean up Americas food chain… we rank not only at the bottom of innorance, even Russia is laughing at us…but eating form the bottom of the polluted barrel. How is this not a 3rd world country… everyone use to look up to the USA, because of it constitution and bill of rights so called freedoms, where really is our freedoms now? Our GOV won’t even let us protect ourselves or our family… the forefathers were highly way more intelligent then the illicit warmongers we have in office today, Jefferson and others they set up laws to protect us, and warned us…our government oversteps the laws they vow to uphold… Bend over Amercia we are being FRACKED. Doyen Keaton Engineer at AudioHipster Recording & Pro Audio Sales

    • Raymond Bain says:

      And we wonder why we have such a medical problem in this country.
      If people would go back to raiseing their on food we would not have a lot of the
      problems we have . But people are to lazy for that.

  8. What do you people think shrimp eat.They are scavengers eating waste on the bottom of the seas.

  9. This is no surprise to me. My father was a supervisor over the beef cattle division of the U.S.D.A. in Beltsville Md. Which meant we had to live on the federal property and also sign a paper that we would and could not divulge any of the experiments going on with the beef cattle or the sheep division because the house they put us in was on the sheep division branch but we could see my dads beef division just by looking out the kitchen window. My dad just about had a heart attack when he saw how I was getting into his branch division. I was taking a short cut through a field which held Eltoro a bull weighing over 2000lbs.. He saw me crossing the field one day and this bull was doing his little charging dance that bulls do when they are about to run and attack what ever making them mad. He had pulled his government truck in the field and told me don’t ask any questions get in the bed of the truck . I have to get you out of here and once out he explained about Eltoro and that at any time I had crossed that field I was in danger of being attacked by the bull. Any way I still am not allowed to talk about the experiments that I knew about that they did there. From that day forward till my dad was injured and could not work any longer and he had to retire on a work disability I had to go all the way around the highway to go to my dads right entrance into the beef division. I thought going along the highway was more dangerous then the bull had been. I had been cutting through the field for 7 years and the bull never had done his attacking dance before. So when I thought my dad wouldn’t be able to catch me when I saw him drive off the main division to go to his other branch division’s I would cut across the field. I never did see that bull do his little attack dance again . I was never attacked or for warned I was about to be attacked.

  10. Dan Poisson says:

    Shouldn’t all seafood on sale in the U.S. be labeled with Country of origin ?

  11. This article is from 2012http://www.shrimpalliance.com/know-your-supplier-continued-ngoc-sinh-seafoods/

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