I’ve seen quite a bit of media coverage over the past week of this congressional report on imported seafood. The gist of the Government Accountability Office report – titled, in typically catchy GAO style, “FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage Limited Resources” – is that the FDA is not doing so awesome at making sure imported seafood is safe. According to the report:
About half of the seafood imported into the U.S. comes from farmed fish (aquaculture). Fish grown in confined aquacultured areas can have bacterial infections, which may require farmers to use drugs like antibiotics. The residues of some drugs can cause cancer and antibiotic resistance.
Right, then. Just avoid imported seafood grown in confined aquacultured areas and treated with antibiotics. Yep. But… uh … how do we do that? I asked Michael Morrissey, director of the Oregon State University Seafood Research Laboratory More