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Kuwait: Chinese Seafood Imports?

First it was illegal – and poisonous – additives in pet foods, then in toothpaste. Pets and people died. Now, it is illegal antibiotics in the seafood – additions that exacerbate plagues like the MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) virus being fought in hospitals around the world, because it has become antibiotic resistant. My own father’s death was hastened by his vulnerability to this virus, and his lowered immune system couldn’t fight it off. For me, this is personal.

And I think a lot of the canned shrimp, frozen shrimp and scallops we buy here in Kuwait are also from China. Who is monitoring these foods?

US halts Chinese seafood imports

Chinese exports have surged as their prices have stayed low
The US has said it will halt imports of five types of farmed Chinese seafood, claiming they contain antibiotics that are not allowed in North America.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would detain shipments of catfish, basa, shrimp, dace and eel.

But the FDA said it was not recalling seafood already in the US, and that drug levels were not dangerous and only slightly above detectable levels.

This is the latest in a number of US warnings about Chinese products.

In past weeks there have been concerns about contaminated toothpaste, dog food and the paint used in toy trains.

China countered that its exports were no threat to health and “guaranteed” the safety of its products.

The FDA said it had found that Chinese seafood tested between October 2006 and May 2007 was repeatedly contaminated with antimicrobial agents.

Some of the substances included nitrofuran, malachite green and fluoroquinolone, which, according to the FDA, may help build up a resistance to antibiotics when used in food animals.

You can read the rest of the article HERE at BBC News.

June 29, 2007 - Posted by | Bureaucracy, Communication, Community, Cooking, Health Issues, Kuwait, News, Shopping, Social Issues, Technical Issue

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