Environmental and consumer groups have requested the US goverment test more farm-raised salmon imported from Chile after German authorities found banned antifungal and antiparasite chemicals in the fish.
Here is the AP account of the effort, in which it says the FDA tested only 40 samples of the more than 114,000 tons of fish imported from Chile.
Last week, German health authorities found the banned crystal violet and abamectina antibiotics in samples of Chilean farmed salmon, the online Patagonian Times reported.
A 2007 report by the international environmental group Oceana claimed Chilean producers use up to 300 times more antibiotics per ton of salmon than their Norwegian counterparts, according to the Patagonian Times. The site says Chile and Norway are the world’s top two salmon farming countries, together accounting for roughly 80 percent of global production.
"We obviously have a problem, at least according to German government data," the AP quoted Urvashi Rangan, a senior scientist with the nonprofit Consumers Union, as saying. "Some of these banned substances are potentially carcinogenic, and the only way to find out how widespread it might be is for the Food and Drug Administration to get out there and start testing."
Readers, do you eat farm-raised salmon? Do you check where it comes from? Do you agree with the idea of more testing of imported salmon, or think that's too much government regulation? Let us know in our comments section below.
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