The import of five species of fish from China is being blocked by the FDA. Eel, basa, shrimp, catfish and dace are the species indicated in the alert. The import alert was issued due to reports of contamination with drugs and unsafe food additives. The fish will be blocked until the importer can prove that the seafood is not contaminated. The medications and additives at issue are not approved for use in farmed seafood in the U.S. Seven percent of the shrimp and ten percent of the catfish eaten in the U.S. are imported from China. The FDA says that this alert does not mean that people should throw away fish that they may already have. According to the FDA, there is “no imminent threat” to public health. Rather, the contaminates could cause health problems with long-term consumption.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.