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FDA catches up with Alabama on imported seafood

by: mooncat

Thu Jun 28, 2007 at 18:37:01 PM CDT

I got this news release from ALFA today:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a broader import control of all farm-raised catfish, basa, shrimp, dace (related to carp), and eel from China. FDA will start to detain these products at the border until the shipments are proven to be free of residues from drugs that are not approved in the United States for use in farm-raised aquatic animals.

Ron Sparks bans Chinese catfish

Ron Sparks, Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture, issued a stop sale order for Chinese catfish  on April 25th of this year because samples contained flouroquinolones, a banned antibiotic.  Sparks issued a stop sale on farm raised seafood from Vietnam as early as 2005, also because of contamination.

Alabama was over two months ahead of the federal government on this issue.  The Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commission is paying attention, testing food that comes into the state and taking action when they find a problem.  That's the kind of performance citizens expect and deserve from public servants.

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Here is the difference: Ron thinks he is supposed to be working for the People of Alabama (4.00 / 1)

The FDA are working for Big Pharma, Tyson, ConAgra, ADM, Smithfield and whoever bought them lunch last Tuesday.  It took them two months to figure out how to smooth over their corporate clients while issuing the import control order.  I expect the key part of the deal is they don't inspect most of what comes in.

In the meantime - what the hell is going on when Alabama is bringing catfish from China?  What's next, hushpuppies?  If we've started importing Hushpuppies all the way across the Pacific Ocean, then forget it.  We might just as well start putting sugar in our cornbread. 

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams

I will never put sugar in my cornbread! Ick! (0.00 / 0)

Work harder and work smarter!

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Here's an example (4.00 / 1)

As we all know, Italy makes some very nice couture clothing. If you want a tailored suit from an Italian shop, what they will do is this:

They measure, and cut the cloth. THEN THE PIECES ARE SENT TO MEXICO, where the suit is assembled and shipped back.

Final touches are added, and bingo- suit.

This method IS MORE COST EFFECTIVE than simply having it stitched in Italy.

Amazin',  ain't it?

If they are saving more than 1 cent per fish, you can count on them angling for less import restrictions, and bigger importations. As we all know, industry really does not give a damn what you and your family are eating, breathing, or drinking. They have happily poisoned Americans, and their environment for many years, and will continue to do so, especially now that Bush has rammed through tort reform.

My best advice is to find yourself a news source outside America, and listen well. Now that the FTC has shot down Net Neutrality, we won't be hearing much of anything that the Corporations don't want us to hear.

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A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. -Churchill



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