Seafood raised on pig feces and surrounded by flies can be found and bought by US customers. Shrimp is extremely popular in the US, therefore people in quite rare occasions actually pay attention to where it comes from. 100 million pounds of shrimp on an annual basis, 8 percent of the shrimp consumed by people living in America comes from some of the filthiest conditions possible.
Picture a warehouse crawling with workers who stand on dirty floors filled with garbage, and flies flying all over baskets filled with un-chilled shrimp in rooms that are not air-conditioned in September of a tropical climate.
After that, these “processed” shrimp are packed into dirty plastic tubs filled with ice made from tap water that even the local Health Ministry advises that it should be boiled prior to drinking it in order to avoid contamination. This is the true picture of a shrimp market in Vietnam.
“Such conditions, ice made from filthy water, animals present close to the farms, pigs, are not acceptable,” explains microbiologist Mansour Samadpour, the company of whom, called IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group, is specialized in examining water for shellfish farming.
There are also the tilapia farms in China on which farmers give the fish foods with goose and pig feces. “The compost that the Chinese give to the fish is usually infected with microbes such as salmonella,” states Michael Doyle, the director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, who has in fact studied food-borne disease in China.
Even though the Chinese authorities are claiming that they ‘highly discourage’ the use of feces as food due to the fact that it infects water and makes the fish more susceptible to illnesses, still, a more and more Guangdong farmers are still embracing this practice as a consequence of the strong competition. A lot of farmers have switched to using feces because it is a cheaper alternative in comparison with industrial fish food. Regardless, these tilapia are finding their way towards the producers of food in the US.
You should have in mind that 27 percent of the seafood that is consumed by people living in America comes from China. Most of that fish is rejected as a result of the conditions in which the food given to them is. Bloomberg Markets magazine states that even though the FDA solely examines 2.7% of the imported food, FDA inspectors have rejected 1,380 loads of seafood from Vietnam and 820 loads of Chinese seafood ever since 2007. If all this food is being rejected for salmonella and filth, we can’t help but ask the question why are we still importing this food?