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« เมื่อ: มิถุนายน 30, 2007, 06:37:40 PM »

Source: News Ltd  World News    29/06/2007 21:19:23


The US has added farm-raised fish and shrimp to a growing list of Chinese products deemed unsafe for US consumers.

 

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it would block the import of farmed Chinese seafood until importers could prove the shipments were free of unsafe contaminants.

 

The move comes just days after politicians urged a recall of up to 450,000 Chinese tyres because of safety defects and weeks after thousands of cats and dogs died because of tainted Chinese pet food.

 

Dangerous toys, fake drugs, toxin-coated cosmetics, illicit pesticide-laden mushrooms, errant fireworks, tainted toothpaste and other Chinese products have led to recalls and bans and potentially more stringent import and food safety laws.

 

"I think we have reached a point unfortunately where 'made in China' is now a warning label in the United States,'' Democratic Senator Richard Durbin, a top campaigner in the US Congress for tighter food safety laws, said recently.

 

The actions come amid growing protests over the huge US trade deficit with China, which stood at $US19.3 billion ($22.7bn) in April and $US232.5bn in 2006.

 

Yesterday's broad import control was imposed after regulators repeatedly found seafood shipments contaminated with antimicrobial agents that are not approved for use in the US, the FDA said.

 

It affected all farm-raised catfish, basa, shrimp, dace (related to carp), and eel from China.

 

There had been no reports of illnesses to date and exporters would be able to seek exemptions if they prove they had protected their fish from contamination, the FDA said.

 

"We're taking this strong step because of current and continuing evidence that certain Chinese aquaculture products imported into the United States contain illegal substances that are not permitted in seafood sold in the United States,'' said David Acheson, the FDA's assistant commissioner for food protection.

 

"We will accept entries of these products from Chinese firms that demonstrate compliance with our requirements and safety standards.''

 

The levels of the drug residues found in the seafood were very low, most often at or near the minimum level of detection, the FDA said.

 

It had not issued a recall of fish already admitted into the country but said it was "concerned about long term exposure as well as the possible development of antibiotic resistance".

 

One of the banned agents, fluoroquinolones, is approved for use in China.

 

The FDA said its use "may increase antibiotic resistance to this critically important class of antibiotics".

 

Two other contaminants, the antimicrobials nitrofuran and malachite green, have been shown to be carcinogenic with long-term exposure in lab animals and are also banned in China.

 

China is the largest producer of seafood from aquaculture in the world, accounting for 70 per cent of the total production and 55 per cent of the total value of farmed seafood exported around the world.

 

China is the third largest exporter of seafood to the US, which imports about 80 percent of its seafood.

 

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