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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:57 PM

Another Free Trade disaster -- imported fish that can put you in the hospital.

Also, the World Trade Orginization has ruled our country of origin laws are illegal and have to be eliminated. The WTO is nothing more than a bunch of corporate lawyers protecting the corporations and their rich investors at the expense of the people. The next time you go out to eat seafood, think about this.......

http://economyincrisis.org/content/we-are-importing-more-unchecked-potentially-toxic-seafood-than-ever-before

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This is a very real threat to the health of every American. A recent Center for Disease Control study found that 44 percent of the foodborne illnesses studied were the result of imported food, with seafood being the culprit more often than any other variety of food.

This is no surprise given where some of this seafood comes from. In China, tilapia are raised in fish farms where they are fed pig manure, known to contain salmonella and other illness-inducing bacteria.

In Vietnam, shrimp being exported to the United States were found encased in ice made from water filled with harmful bacteria. The Vietnamese shrimp exporter, Soc Trang Seafood Joint Stock Company, also had three shipments rejected by Japan in 2012 because banned chemicals were detected. The U.S. frequently accepts shipments from this same company.

Most of the shrimp we eat in the United States comes from Thailand. A 2012 FDA study found that shrimp from Thailand had become resistant to several antibiotics, making them ďa reservoir for multidrug-resistant Klebsiella,Ē a bacteria which can trigger meningitis and pneumonia in humans.

Alabama is one of the few states that properly inspects their seafood, and they reject over 50 percent of imported fish due to safety concerns. Why canít the federal government do as well as Alabama?

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Reply Another Free Trade disaster -- imported fish that can put you in the hospital. (Original post)
Elwood P Dowd Jan 2013 OP
FirstLight Jan 2013 #1
d_r Jan 2013 #4
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #2
mopinko Jan 2013 #3
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #5
freshwest Jan 2013 #6
Spitfire of ATJ Jan 2013 #7
Liberal_in_LA Jan 2013 #10
mountain grammy Jan 2013 #8
UnrepentantLiberal Jan 2013 #9
Ilsa Jan 2013 #11
flamingdem Jan 2013 #12
TheKentuckian Jan 2013 #13

Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:02 PM

1. oh goody

that makes me feel kind green

so unless the restaurant KNOWS where it was fished from, you could be eating this stuff... what about frozen 'gortons' type stuff?

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Response to FirstLight (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:40 PM

4. you can tell the difference

Between swai and catfish or grouper or snapper. Restaurants or grocers or mongers who claim they were fooled by suppliers are full of it.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:22 PM

2. Nice to hear something nice about Alabama.

Imported "catfish" from China is another big issue down here, since Southern catfish is rather famous.
Sadly, "local" shrimp comes from the Gulf, and there are major problems because of BP, still.
So, sadly, I had my last shrimp just before the spill.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:31 PM

3. one of my fave restaurants stopped serving sushi.

says he just can't find sources that he trusts anymore.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:35 PM

5. what happens to rejected seafood?

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:48 PM

6. Probably goes into pet food. Not like they're going to send it back.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:21 PM

7. Ask this guy...

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:23 PM

10. lol.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:45 PM

8. Just checked some talapia in my freezer

it's labled "product of Canada,"meaning it's raised there? Checked some salmon and shrimp, no clue where they came from. Maybe we'll start ice fishing again...

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:47 PM

9. Guess I won't be eating fish anymore.

 

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:25 PM

11. I stopped eating fish unless I know

where it comes from. And I won't eat any from Asia or the Gulf of Mexico.

We've pretty much given it up.

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:26 PM

12. Here's a substitute for Octopus! Less unhealthy!

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Response to Elwood P Dowd (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:53 PM

13. These lousy "free trade" deals do actually erode our national sovereignty

and do so to the benefit of the multi-national corporations and to the detriment of most life on Earth, including almost all the people.

What we have here is a planetary scale pig in a poke.

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