Shrimp in its natural form has abundant of protein, low fat and is a very healthy food giving just 1 gram of fat for every 75 gram of protein. They also have vitamin B12, D and omega 3-fatty acids in abundance. However, the shrimps that are sold in the U.S. are bred in a different manner so are completely different from the normal shrimps. Vietnam is one of the largest importer of shrimps in America importing over 100 million pounds of shrimps every year which makes up about 8% of consumed shrimps in the U.S.
There has been a high demand for shrimp in the U.S. in the last two decades and this has resulted in competition in the seafood market. However, this has resulted in the creation of various means to meet up with the market not minding if it requires compromising health and safety. According to research, the shrimp by farmers in Vietnam are being freeze before exportation to the United States, but in unsafe water.
According to Mansour Samadpour a microbiologist specialized in the screening of water for shellfish farming, they use water that are disease and bacteria friendly. He also said that these conditions like making ice with dirty water, pigs and animals being kept close to the farms are not acceptable. Still, there are many other foods that are raised in Asia on health regulations below standard. To be precise, according to the investigation, there is a tilapia farm in Yangjiang, China that uses goose and pig feces as fish feeds.
According to Michael Doyle, the director of Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia, the use of these feces cause many bacterial diseases to grow. He also said that: “The manure used by Chinese in feeding fish often contain microbes like salmonella.”
As we all know, seafood from the farm is more harmful than the one caught in the wild, as the seafood from the farm contains antibiotics that are dangerous. Still, another reason to consume only seafood from the farm was given by a study done by Consumer Report in which they discovered higher levels of antibiotics and bacteria in the farmed shrimp, giving us new excuse to stay away from seafood from the farm.
It is understandable for seafood from the farm to contain high number of antibiotics and bacteria based on the condition surrounding their production. Irrespective of this, diseases can also be spread among these animals because during their lifetime, they often pack themselves in small spaces. A research was done on 342 frozen shrimp and it was discovered that about 60% of the sample had either salmonella, E. coli, vibrio or listeria in them. Also small amount of oxytetracycline, enrofloxacin and sulfa antibiotics were found in them.
As a result, about 94% of shrimp imported and sold in the U.S. are from Asian countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand or India. Despite this fact, the system of farming in these countries are below standard resulting in the spread of disease and excess use of antibiotics. Another study done by Consumer Report revealed that of all samples examined, raw shrimp caught in the wild from America had the lowest number of bacteria.
Hence it is wise to stay away from farmed fish and eat shell and fish caught in the wild. Even though this imported farmed seafood is cheap, it’s high antibiotic and bacteria content makes it very dangerous to your health.
Source: The Hearty Soul