FDA Detains Imports of Farm-Raised Chinese Seafood

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2007
Media Inquiries:
Michael Herndon, 301-827-6242
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FDA Detains Imports of Farm-Raised Chinese Seafood
Products Have Repeatedly Contained Potentially Harmful Residues


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.
This action by FDA, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will protect American consumers from unsafe residues that have been detected in these products. There have been no reports of illnesses to date.
"We're taking this strong step because of current and continuing evidence that certain Chinese aquaculture products imported into the United States contain illegal substances that are not permitted in seafood sold in the United States," said Dr. David Acheson, FDA's assistant commissioner for food protection. "We will accept entries of these products from Chinese firms that demonstrate compliance with our requirements and safety standards."
During targeted sampling from October 2006 through May 2007, FDA repeatedly found that farm-raised seafood imported from China were contaminated with antimicrobial agents that are not approved for this use in the United States.
The contaminants were the antimicrobials nitrofuran, malachite green, gentian violet, and fluoroquinolone. Nitrofuran, malachite green, and gentian violet have been shown to be carcinogenic with long-term exposure in lab animals. The use of fluoroquinolones in food animals may increase antibiotic resistance to this critically important class of antibiotics.
None of these substances is approved for use in farm-raised seafood in the United States, and the use of nitrofurans and malachite green in aquaculture is also prohibited by Chinese authorities. Chinese officials have acknowledged that fluoroquinolones are used in Chinese aquaculture and are permitted for use in China.
The levels of the drug residues that have been found in seafood are very low, most often at or near the minimum level of detection. FDA is not seeking recall of products already in U.S. commerce and is not advising consumers to destroy or return imported farm-raised seafood they may already have in their homes. FDA is concerned about long term exposure as well as the possible development of antibiotic resistance.
The FDA action includes conditions under which an exporter can be exempted from FDA's detention action by providing specified information to the agency. This information must demonstrate the exporter has implemented steps to ensure its products do not contain these substances and that preventive controls are in place. The additional import controls placed on seafood from China will last as long as needed.
FDA may allow the entry into the United States and subsequent distribution into the marketplace of individual shipments of the Chinese farm-raised seafood products if the company provides documentation to confirm the products are free of residues of these drugs.

http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01660.html
Well no shit...
 
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I Love fish, but I'm normally so scared to eat it. Why risk a night of your ass throwing up.
Unless it's really fresh or flown in daily I don't eat it.
Like at the grocery store they have the sushi and whatnot, the fresh-fish too.
I'm in St.Louis, so I can only assume it's been in the back of a truck for about a week on the road here from the coasts
 
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I Love fish, but I'm normally so scared to eat it. Why risk a night of your ass throwing up.
Unless it's really fresh or flown in daily I don't eat it.
Like at the grocery store they have the sushi and whatnot, the fresh-fish too.
I'm in St.Louis, so I can only assume it's been in the back of a truck for about a week on the road here from the coasts
Typically sushi is frozen (for the most part) before being cut up (to kill parasites)... best bet on any food is catch it, kill it, grow it or peel it yourself. Oh and stay away from high fructose corn syrup.
 
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I love how they call it "Potentially Harmful Residues" China is one of the most polluted countries on the planet. And yet we import food from them. Harmful residues, hell the fish we get is loaded with shit like mercury. I'd call that a bit more than harmful residues.
 

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I love how they call it "Potentially Harmful Residues" China is one of the most polluted countries on the planet. And yet we import food from them. Harmful residues, hell the fish we get is loaded with shit like mercury. I'd call that a bit more than harmful residues.
Yeah this is 1 I truly don't understand. How about a ban on food imports from china? I'm scared shitless these days cause apparently a lot of food distributors are buying Chinese counterfeits of name brands and selling them to the large retail grocery chains.
 
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Yeah this is 1 I truly don't understand. How about a ban on food imports from china? I'm scared shitless these days cause apparently a lot of food distributors are buying Chinese counterfeits of name brands and selling them to the large retail grocery chains.
Like this...

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/colgateupd06_07.html

Update: Counterfeit Toothpaste Falsely Labeled as “Colgate”

Contact:
Allison Klimerman 212-310-3770
Tom Paolella 212-310-2774
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- New York, New York June 15, 2007 --- Colgate-Palmolive announced today additional developments and actions by the Company to protect consumers against possible risk from recently reported counterfeit toothpaste. The Company yesterday warned consumers that the counterfeit toothpaste, which has been found in some small, independent dollar-type discount stores, may not contain fluoride and could contain Diethylene Glycol, an ingredient not used in Colgate toothpaste anywhere in the world.
The additional developments and actions taken by the Company include:
  • Colgate is contacting all its accounts handling Colgate toothpaste in the U.S. to ensure that they have no counterfeit product. At this time, none have reported counterfeit product. If any accounts were to identify suspected counterfeit product, the Company would remove it from the shelf.
  • The Company is in the process of picking up suspected counterfeit product in the small, independent dollar-type discount stores in the four states where it has reportedly been distributed. Results of these efforts will be provided to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • FDA spokesman Doug Arbesfeld was quoted in various new reports saying in reference to the Diethylene Glycol found by the FDA in some counterfeit samples, “It's a low health risk but the bottom line is, it doesn't belong in toothpaste.” Analysis performed by Colgate Research & Development of counterfeit samples received so far has come to this same conclusion regarding the low level of health risk.
  • The Company has further clarified the distinguishing characteristics of the counterfeit product. It comes labeled as a 5 ounce or 100 ml tube, a size not made or sold by Colgate in the United States. Consumers can identify the counterfeit product by the words on the package, “Manufactured in South Africa” as well as there may be several misspelled words on the product carton including: “isclinically” “SOUTH AFRLCA” “South African Dental Assoxiation”. Colgate does not import toothpaste into the U.S. from South Africa.
  • Building on Colgate’s long standing relationship with the American Dental Association and American Dental Hygienists Association, the Company will be providing information about the counterfeit product to over 50,000 dental professionals to assist them in answering patient questions.
  • Colgate is providing additional representatives on its consumer information line (1 800 468 6502), extending their hours of operation, adding operations this weekend, and taking other steps to answer consumer questions about counterfeit product. Colgate is arranging for callers to provide it with any suspect counterfeit products and information about the purchase location.
Colgate Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Reuben Mark said, “We are all highly committed to reliability, quality and superior product performance. We will spare no effort to help consumers avoid counterfeits and support regulators in their efforts to remove these products from the marketplace.”
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Hmmm "AFRLCA" wonder where it was made.... :rolleyes:

Oh and some more Chinese toothpaste recall goodness here...

http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/goldcity06_07.html

Oh and I like to check this page every couple of days...

http://www.fda.gov/opacom/7alerts.html

Esp during that whole pet food recall bullshit.