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"Chinese tilapia are often raised on feces" was the headline of a story last week by MSN News. (See accompanying photo) But while the fish come from China, they are actually raised in Thailand, where they are fed animal feces.
MSN News spoke with a leading food safety scientist who said that Chinese tilapia’s reputation is well-
"While there are some really good aquaculture ponds in Asia, in many of these ponds — or really in most of these ponds — it's typical to use untreated chicken manure as the primary nutrition," said Michael Doyle, director of the
Asked to estimate what percentage of Chinese tilapia are raised on animal feces, Doyle estimated 50 percent. Tilapia, by the way, is the fourth most commonly consumed fish in the United States.
The story emphasized that this kind of diet makes fish – and those who consume it – "highly susceptible to bacterial infections like salmonella and E.coli."
According to the report, farmed fish has overtaken beef in terms of worldwide production. As a result, the report added, “in China and other Asian countries like Vietnam and Thailand, intense demand for farmed fish and cutthroat competition among farmers drives many of these farmers to cut corners,” allowing “enormous quantities of seafood to be raised in a minimal area and with minimal resources.”
Fish eaters considering a change in diet may want to think again.
The same week food author Paul Greenberg told the Seattle times that 91 percent of the fish we consume in the U.S. "is imported, some of it from dubious sources."
In what defies logic, salmon from Washington State " is even exported to China for cheap processing -