Antibiotics Illegal in the US Found in Samples of Foreign Shrimp

jimsterMay 19, 2012

Here's why I seldom eat shrimp:

"Most of the fresh shrimp eaten in the United States is raised in small, overcrowded pens on shrimp farms in countries like India, Thailand and Vietnam, according to the federal government. And too often, the shrimp is raised in shockingly disgusting conditions that promote disease."

"To keep the shrimp from dying in diseased waters from their own muck, some shrimp farmers routinely pour antibiotics that are not allowed in the U.S. into their pens -- and some of it is reaching U.S. grocery stores."

For the same reasons, I don't eat catfish, tilapia or other pond-raised seafood.


Here is a link that might be useful: Illegal Antibiotics in Pond-Raised Shrimp

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beachlily z9a

I don't blame you, Jim. I only buy wild caught Atlantic shrimp when I know where the shrimp boats dock. Being in coastal FL has some advantages.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 6:18PM
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"Being in coastal FL has some advantages."

That certainly is one of them. Wild caught shrimp aren't readily available here, except during the short Maine shrimp season. And Maine shrimp are tiny, although good.


    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 6:44PM
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Thanks Jim. Over the past couple years I've cut WAY back on the amount of shrimp I cook due to all of these concerns. Unfortunately I've experienced really sketchy quality with the "USA wild caught" shrimp sold frozen at the likes of Wegmans and Whole Foods, so shrimp has become a "special" meal at my house, only served when I'm up for paying a premium for the stuff I half-way trust.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 6:54PM
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This is why I don't eat seafood. Other than Maine lobster, at a fisherman's co-op in Maine, I don't eat seafood any more - too toxic, too endangered and too expensive.

    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 8:11PM
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This is one of the main reasons I do not eat (or make for family and friends) ANYTHING from southeast Asia.


    Bookmark   May 19, 2012 at 9:43PM
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the only fish I eat anymore is sardines and pickled herring--both small, low on the food chain, low in contaminants, and still good for you (the Omega 3s). Once in a while I buy canned wild caught salmon. Otherwise, no fish for me.

And I do dearly miss shrimp and scallops.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 5:51AM
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I only eat local prawns. Short season. Bought live off the prawn boat yesterday.

Alive and jumping.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2012 at 9:56AM
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I think forgoing all seafood, or even most seafood, is going a bit too far. There are only certain kinds I don't eat and for specific reasons. For example, I stay away from anything raised in warm, crowded ponds. Actually, I probably eat more seafood than all other kinds of meat because I like it and I can get plenty of good quality seafood locally.

Ann, those beautiful prawns are small (if I am judging the scale of the picture correctly) and pink, much like Maine shrimp. But the Maine shrimp I can get are not alive.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 3:00PM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

Does anyone know the status of Gulf Shrimp?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 3:30PM
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There was a shrimp festival in Galveston last year, in September, I think, and the shrimp there is doing fine, although I do not know about Louisiana and Mississippi. I look for shrimp from Mexico - the best I've had was when I was in Vera Cruz and could watch it being caught. The shrimp get very big there.

I was in a Chinese market last week-end and avoided all the shrimp they had. They also had some scary products from People's Republic of China with some rather severe warnings on them. I really need help shopping in the Chinese markets - they are very different from the Japanese markets that I go to, but also further away. I trust what I find at the Japanese markets, but the Chinese markets scare me. I'll try to post more on that later. I bought a few products that I really don't know what they are, and there were plenty more that looked interesting, but I had no idea what to do with them.

I very seldom eat swordfish any more, due to over fishing and contaminate levels, but I have not really cut back on tuna/sashimi or on salmon. I tend to buy Alaskan King Crab when I find it for a good price, but I'm very selective about buying shrimp.


    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 5:34PM
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beachlily z9a

First let me say, I've had hand exema and my hands are very sensative. I tried to serve King Crab, but after I heated them up and tried to break the joints, the insides of my hands turned bright pink. I don't know what chemicals were in the crab claws so I tossed them. An expensive lesson! Now I stick to FL seafood, except for salmon.

    Bookmark   May 21, 2012 at 8:06PM
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I had a bad reaction to farmed Thailand shrimp about 6 weeks ago. It seemed like an allergic reaction. I'm now being tested for possible allergy (the first, a blood test, happily came out negative) but I highly suspect it was the batch of shrimp itself. I will be much, much more cautious in what I buy in the future! Lesson learned the hard way.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 8:11AM
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