Mississippi blocks sale of some Chinese catfish

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
3 May 2007, at 1:00am

US - Mississippi halted some grocery store sales of Chinese catfish Tuesday because the fish contained low levels of the same antibiotics that prompted Alabama to halt sales of the same fish last week.

The antibiotics do not present an immediate health danger, but their use in animals harvested for food is banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration because they create drug-resistant bacteria that could eventually harm humans.

"Alabama's results and these results and the pet food scare we are going through clearly points out the inherent danger of foreign food coming into this country that does not meet the standards of food safety that ours do, " said Lester Spell, Mississippi's commissioner of agriculture and commerce.

Chinese farmers acquired fingerlings of U.S. catfish several years ago and began exporting frozen fish more cheaply than U.S. farmers can raise them. China provides less than 5 percent of U.S. catfish sales, but it is rapidly grabbing market share.

Source: ST Peterburg Times