U.S. consumers are eating Asian seafood raised on pig feces. Around 30 percent of the seafood Americans eat comes from China.
A news report published in Bloomberg Markets about food poisoning suggests that U.S consumers are eating seafood from Asia raised on pig feces and antibiotics.
As Bloomberg Business explains, workers stand on dirty floors and sort the shrimps, the place is loaded with trash, and there are flies crawling all over the processed shrimps
In the starling report, seafood in baskets at the factory processing shrimp has flies crawling all over it.
In Vietnam almost 100 million pounds of shrimps are shipped to the US every year. This is about 8 percent of the shrimps that are sold in the US.
Outside Hong Kong, at a particular Tilapia farm, the fish are fed with food that includes pig and geese feces. Taking into consideration that the manure could be possibly contaminated with salmonella, this is totally unhealthy and unsafe for consumption. This comes due to the fact that fecal matter is a much cheaper alternative to commercial fish food.
“Oct. 11 (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.
According to newest reports, the popular tilapia fish is farmed in even worst conditions in China. “The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, who has studied food–borne diseases in China.
Of course, Chinese officials are denying these claims and “discourage” the use of feces as food as it contaminates water sources and make fish more prone to serious diseases.
However, due to the rising competition, most farmers are using this method for feeding their fish as it is cheaper than regular fish food. Eventually, the tilapia finds its way to markets all around the world.