Saturday, November 10, 2012

Where to find food-safety horror stories

The safety of basa fillets from fish farms in Vietnam is under scrutiny.

Today, I'm providing a link to U.S. Food Safety, which calls itself an "award-winning food safety blog."

I don't think this is a government agency (it's a .com, not a .gov), but the site carries announcements from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

I'm also going to list U.S. Safety in My Blog Roll, which you can find on the right side of this page.

Here is the link:

Meanwhile, questions have been raised about the farming of a Vietnamese catfish called basa.

The fillets are frozen before they are exported to the United States, where they appear on menus at Simply Vietnamese in Tenafly and other restaurants.

This appeared on a site called Vietnam Talking Points in 2010:  

Food safety experts have said repeatedly that if you are going to buy farmed fish, including tilapia, salmon and catfish, make sure they were raised in the United States. 

Even better, buy your farmed fish at Whole Food Market, the only retailer I know that pledges the farmed seafood it sells is free of antibiotics, preservatives and other harmful additives. 

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