Everyone seems to love seafood and shrimps are especially craved for around the world.
They have the following nutritional benefits;
- 75 grams of protein for every 1 gram of fat
- Omega 3 fatty-acids
- Vitamin D and B12
This makes shrimps an extremely healthy food.
While naturally occurring shrimps from the ocean are very healthy, the same cannot be said about shrimps bred in fish farms particularly in the Asian part of this world.
Why Is Asian Seafood Farming A Cause For Concern!
The seafood from Asia farms dominate the United States seafood market.
The Vietnam seafood is believed to be the most predominant in the United States and about 100 million pounds of shrimp is believed to be imported to the U S annually and this statistically represents about 8% of all shrimp that is consumed by the average American.
It us also believed that in the last few decades the demand for shrimp in the U.S has increased tremendously and as a consequence there has been a corresponding increase in market share by competing shrimp importers from Asia and also an increase in breeding and cultivation malpractices.
For example a recent investigation found that Vietnamese shrimp farmers tend to freeze their U.S export ready shrimp in unclean and unhygienic water.
It is believed that the use of this water will lead to a spread of harmful bacteria and eventually diseases, this is according to microbiologist Mansour Samadpour, a specialist in shellfish farming water testing. He also said that the freezing of this unhygienic water is not an acceptable standard practice.
In China, a tilapia farm in Yangjiang uses pig feces to feed their fish. This practice according to Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety, will lead to an increased growth in dangerious bacteria diseases.
He said that salmonella is a common microbe found in the manure that the Chinese regularly use to feed their fish.
What To Look Out For When Buying Seafood
If you want to buy seafood it is best you buy locally farmed ones as you know that in the U.S strict regulations will ensure that farmers adhere to the highest possible standards for breeding.
You can also buy wild seafood that is those that are obtained from the sea by fishermen.
A study carried out by Consumer Report, wild shrimps from Argentina and the United States have the lowest bacteria levels of all the samples collected from around the world.
Avoid Asian imports, seen you can’t tell which adheres to the very best in standards. You will have to assume they all don’t and with the volume of imports coming into the U.S it has become increasingly difficult to monitor all consignments.
The Asian Seafood are fed with the feces of pigs and also given antibiotics the harmful microbes and antibiotics will only end up in your body system if you eat these foods.
In a study conducted about 60% of 342 samples of frozen shrimp collected were contaminated with vibrio, salmonella, e.coli or listeria. They also had traces of the following antibiotics; sulfa, enrofloxacin and oxytetracycline.
The countries that export shrimp to the U.S which include; Vietnam, India, Thailand and Indonesia have crowded and highly polluted seafood farming conditions which further increases the spread of diseases in the seafood and the overuse of antibiotics only contaminates the seafood even more.