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Author Topic: Another import issue - Alabama Bans Chinese Catfish  (Read 1997 times)
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Pretty please, with a cherry on top...

« on: April 29, 2007, 03:30:36 PM »

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks announced a stop sale order in the state for all catfish from China after antibiotics banned in the United States were found in Chinese catfish.

Sparks said 20 samples of catfish from China were collected for testing by the department of agriculture over the last few weeks. Of those samples, 14 tested positive for fluoroquinolones, an antibiotic banned by the FDA since 1997.

"We are sending notice today that we are not going to continue to sit by and let these foreign countries produce their food at a different standard than we ask our farmers to produce by and then send those products in here at a cheaper price," Sparks said Wednesday.

Agriculture department chemists also tested 13 samples of basa fish from Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia, with five of the samples testing positive for antibiotics. Sparks said additional testing is required before a decision is made whether to ban basa fish.

The samples that tested positive represent about 214,260 pounds of fish that will not be sold. Approximately 300,000 pounds of fish have been suspended pending further analysis.



Is there ANY foodstocks that we produce locally anymore?

Si vis pacem, para bellum
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2007, 06:31:17 PM »

Finally, someone with an ounce of common sense and a pound of political courage.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2007, 08:40:28 PM »

Good for Ag Commissiner Ron Sparks of Alabama. Maybe YOU ought to be running the FDA.
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