Skip to comments.Catfish farmers oppose shift in inspection procedures (McLame defends imports of Vietnamese catfish)
Posted on 03/13/2011 11:52:47 AM PDT by rabscuttle385
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A national catfish farmers' organization said proposed legislation by U.S. Sen. John McCain favors inadequate food safety requirements and ignores findings of banned substances in imported catfish products.
"It is stunning that Senator McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese farmers over the health and safety of American citizens," said Butch Wilson, newly elected president of the Catfish Farmers of America.
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No offense but catfish aren’t the safest fish in the world to eat if you’re worried about that kind of stuff, to begin with.
This is about the FDA Food Takeover Bill:
Wait until you see the effects of HR2748/S.510/HR2751 FDA Food Takeover Bill passed in the Lame Duck Session. Passed the Senate with a voice vote, they did not want to be identified as voting for this mess. It was read into an unrelated bill (HR2751) when it went back to the House and then that passed the Senate again. And was signed into law by the resident of 1600 Penn. Ave.
Cost of this? 1.4 billion dollars with 17,000 new food inspectors (most foreign based), paid for by fees on producers. Those fees will simply be passed on to consumers. Sold on the pretence of food safety against terrorist attacks.
I don't consume any imported farm raised fish!
Not stunning at all when you are for sale to the highest bidder.
Polyculture grown fish that have feasted on turds and other lovely stuff is not appealing to you?
As was said, the jokes write themselves.
I always check to see where the fish comes from, but even that is tricky anymore. Make sure you know where it was raised, not just where it was produced or distributed from. The attached video explains why you need to take these precautions. BTW, China is no better than Vietnam.
I say sprinkle some lemon pepper and garlic on the issue.
And they are certainly the least tasty. It is just never on my menu.
Even less safe is crawfish. Think about it. These are filtering creatures who are raised on rice fields which prob. sees more pesticides per square inch than any other crop.
Well, it’s not really a surprise. McCain was a prisoner of the Vietnamese, but he led the effort to abandon our POW/MIAs and to open Communist Vietnam to trade. And I believe he was well rewarded for his work.
Perhaps he still has connections with businesses that import from Vietnam. Or is just doing a favor for some old pals.
Sen. John McChurian Candidate
Usually, the ones in my fry pan come out of the same river that the bass and trout do. The same river we swim in and the same water that filters through the ground to our water well. Four generations have lived here but yeah, you're right, something must have killed off that first generation at 90-something.
I can remember granny would go out fishing in the rain and come back in with her raincoat pockets stuffed with catfish. She'd dump them in the kitchen sink and head back out for more. Funniest thing ever!
Strange that Juan would concern himself with an obscure issue such as this: imported Vietnamese catfish? Why is he even thinking about this? Much have something to do with the Arizona importer of Vietnamese catfish, and/or some residual Stockholm Syndrome issues.
“I’ve seen the fish farms in China...”
I read some reports that the Chinese feed the fish human excrement if the fish are “farm raised”? I don’t eat anything from China.
Wise decision. You just don't know what you are getting. I even threw out cast iron pots when I saw they were made in China.
This will not impact me. I have eaten catfish of 3 occasions. I hated it and won’t try it again.
***Polyculture grown fish that have feasted on turds and other lovely stuff is not appealing to you?***
Ever see what a free range chicken eats, or a pig? Even beef will eat some really strange (to us) stuff!
I read a few years back that’s how the fertilize their mushrooms. Called ‘nightsoil’.
All this after they just passed the monstrosity Food Safety Act. And we are hoping this bunch of idiots will restore the Constitutional Republic.
That there is called BAIT in Texas.
I had thought it was more because of what they normally ate, being more of a bottom dwelling feeder.
I do remember a restaurant around Memphis back in the 1970s we went to that had a catfish pond you walked over on a bridge, and you could buy some feed for them and they got all excited and fought for it when you tossed it into the water. Don’t know if it was “The Wagon Wheel” or something like that.
This is the man who accompanied John Kerry to Vietnam to find POW’s left behind, and conveniently came up empty.John McCain was a big help in normalising relations with North Vietnam. Near the bottom of his Annapolis Class he never should have gone to flight school and during his stint in the Navy he crashed several planes.
Anyone surprised that he would stand up for the Vietnamese fishing industry?
Contrary to what some on here believe, they don’t eat poo. As if you’d bait a hook with poo... They eat what other fish eat - vegetation, worms, bugs, and smaller fish. Many times those feeding places will feed the fish dried dog food or alfalfa pellets or fish food whichever is cheapest. They’ll also throw out stale bread. Give a kid a loaf of bread and he’ll have a blast.
On the contrary, grain-fed channel catfish raised in farm ponds in Alabama and Mississippi are about the safest fish you can eat and they are very delicious. They are not at all like muddy tasting river catfish. You must not be from the South.
But from now on, be careful what you buy. Just because it says “Delta Raised Catfish” doesn’t mean it comes from the Mississippi Delta.
People should have a choice of what they want to buy, it just ought to be labeled correctly. If someone wants to buy catfish from overseas, that is their business. Restricting trade hurts everyone, especially the poor.
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