Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish

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Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish

Postby Todd » Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:17 pm

Banned chemicals found in tons of imported fish

Written by Laurie Udesky
and Anne Paine | The Tennessean

Fish from overseas that are contaminated with chemicals not allowed in the U.S. food supply are showing up for sale in this country, including in Tennessee.

Three American fish importers pleaded guilty earlier this year in Mobile, Ala., to federal felony charges of mislabeling fish and seafood.

Their illegal haul included more than 120,000 pounds of imported fish, brought in to Mobile and Seattle, that tested positive for the suspected human carcinogen malachite green, an antifungal agent, and for an antibiotic that U.S. authorities also prohibit for use on fish that people consume.

Over the past 12 months, officials in Tennessee, one of the few states doing testing, found evidence of a prohibited substance.

Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas and Florida also turned up the same in recent years while screening imported fish.

How much tainted fish might end up on plates in restaurants or homes is unknown, but one Alabama official says it
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