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Think Twice, Maybe Three Times Before You Eat Shrimp Again…

on May 20, 2014



Seafood, especially filter feeders, is something I tend to stay away from (except for Alaskan Wild Caught Salmon) and never give Luna (except for Wild Caught Salmon) because of toxins nowadays.  Shrimp is one of the most contaminated foods you can eat.  Imported shrimp, more than any other seafood, has been found to be contaminated with banned chemicals, pesticides, and even cockroaches, getting around food-safety authorities and onto your plate.  90% of the shrimp we eat has been imported with less than 2% of it getting inspected by U.S. regulatory agencies.  The main reason for the major contamination is the dirty conditions in which farmed shrimp are raised.

Tests performed on imported and farmed raised shrimp tested positive for cancer causing chemicals.  The antibiotic, nitrofuranzone, tested positive at levels 28 and 29 times higher than allowed by the FDA.  Another antibiotic, chloramphenical, was found at levels 150 times higher the legal limit. These are banned here in the United States because of severe side effects such as aplastic anemia and leukemia.  Penicillin is also found in farmed raised shrimp, which could trigger allergic reactions to those with allergies to it.

Also found in imported shrimp are chemicals used to clean pens, mouse hair, rat hair, and pieces of insects.  

Salmonella and E. coli also found.

Imported shrimp is packaged in unsanitary packaging plants.  Shrimp not stored at proper temperatures, filthy packing plants, packed in ice that is made with unsanitary tap water that has microbial/bacterial contamination.

Radiation – imported shrimp will now be irradiated thanks to FDA recently approving this at the request of the seafood industry.  This takes care of the contamination and now gives you radioactive food and cancer!  Not only will imported shrimp be irradiated, processed foods with this radioactive shrimp do not have to be labeled to tell you this!  Only irradiated foods in their pure form will be labeled irradiated.  SCARY!

Not only is shrimp toxic to the human body, its toxic to the environment.  Mangrove forests absorb and trap more climate-changing carbon dioxide than any other ecosystem on the planet, including rainforests. Shrimp farmers are cutting and clearing these Mangrove beds to make room for underwater shrimp pens.  Over the past 50 years, anywhere from 5% to 80%% of the mangrove forests in Thailand, Ecuador, Indonesia, China, Mexico, and Vietnam (the five leading shrimp-farming countries) have been destroyed to make room for more coastal shrimp farms.  FRIGHTENING!

Still going to eat shrimp!?




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