A recent Today show investigation revealed that 80 percent of fish and 90 percent of shrimp sold in America comes from overseas. According to Today show reporter Jeff Rossen, these fish are sometimes raised in polluted ponds and “pumped with toxic antibiotics and banned drugs just to keep them alive.”
Shockingly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tests less than 2 percent of imported seafood for chemicals. But tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Industries in Alabama, one of only a handful of states testing imported seafood, found banned chemicals such as chloramphenicol, nitrofurans, and malachite green in up to 50 percent of samples tested.
These chemicals, which can’t be detected by taste or smell or removed by cooking, are most commonly found in shrimp, crab, catfish, and tilapia imported from Asia. Long-term exposure to the chemicals can cause anemia, cancer, and birth defects.
Many people eat fish because they mistakenly think that it is a health food, but studies show that much of it is tainted with the chemicals mentioned above as well as mercury and PCBs. Think about it: If you wouldn’t drink the water that fish swim in, why would you eat animals who have been “marinating” in it for their entire lives?