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Fish/Seafood (Imported): Filthy & Bad For Your Health!

Updated on October 8, 2015
Eat only if it comes from the USA
Eat only if it comes from the USA

Imported Seafood/Fish Is Very Bad For Your Health

Did you know that 80% of our seafood is imported? It is and with disastrous results since foreign countries do not regulate their fish and seafood "farmers" the way we do in the U.S. (40% of all imported fish is raised in aqua-farms.)

In fact, the state of Alabama is one of the only states that tests foreign fish/seafood before it's sold. And what they found could make you sick, literally.

Filthy Fish/Seafood: What You Need To Know

Our markets buy foreign fish/seafood for one reason: It's cheaper! But here's the downside and it's a biggy.

Shrimp and other seafood that comes from such places as Indonesia, Thailand and China, are fed feed that contains high amounts of chloramphenicol, an antibiotic that is not permitted to be used in the U.S. It causes cancer. One U.S. researcher even found catfish raised in sewage on a trip to Vietnam.

The state of Alabama, one of the only states that tests foreign fish/seafood, rejects between 50%-60% because of antibiotics, bacteria and worse. One such element is a fungicide called Malachite Green. It causes birth defects and cancer--but is not illegal in the countries where the fish/seafood is farmed, as it is here. 

The fact is that the FDA only examines 1% of the fish/seafood that comes into the country and they found that the 1% they examine is frequently contaminated. When you think of the 99% they don't test, you fast come to realize that this is a major problem!

Might be your best bet
Might be your best bet

The Madam Aphrodite™ Solution

I suggest sticking to the Seafood Diet... Eat everything you see, as long as it isn't seafood!

On a more serious note: Don't buy fish/seafood unless you know that it was caught, farmed and/or processed in the good, old USA. Stay away from foreign fish and seafood of all kinds.

Be safe!


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    • Madam Aphrodite profile imageAUTHOR

      Madam Aphrodite 

      8 years ago from USA

      Hi... Here's a video featuring the "ABC News" report:

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      8 years ago


      Interesting article I will blindly follow your article without any kind of factual evidence.


    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      Interesting hub, I had no idea about the facts that you have mentioned. I will definitely think twice about the seafood that I choose to eat. Welcome to HubPages.


    • rebekahELLE profile image


      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      I did not know that 80% of our seafood is imported! I just found an article by consumer reports that states that the FDA only tests 2% of the imported seafood, mostly for drug residues! Thank you for sharing and pointing out something many probably do not know. rated up.


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