Chinese fish farmers feed pig manure

From Nguyen Dieu Tu Uyen and William Bi at Bloomberg.com

“At Chen Qiang’s tilapia farm in Yangjiang city in China’s Guangdong province, which borders Hong Kong, Chen feeds fish partly with feces from hundreds of pigs and geese. That practice is dangerous for American consumers, says Michael Doyle, director of the University of Georgia’s Center for Food Safety.

“The manure the Chinese use to feed fish is frequently contaminated with microbes like salmonella,” says Doyle, who has studied foodborne diseases in China

On a sweltering, overcast day in August, the smell of excrement is overpowering. After seeing dead fish on the surface, Chen, 45, wades barefoot into his murky pond to open a pipe that adds fresh water from a nearby canal. Exporters buy his fish to sell to U.S. companies.

Yang Shuiquan, chairman of a government-sponsored tilapia aquaculture association in Lianjiang, 200 kilometers from Yangjiang, says he discourages using feces as food because it contaminates water and makes fish more susceptible to diseases. He says a growing number of Guangdong farmers adopt that practice anyway because of fierce competition.

“Many farmers have switched to feces and have stopped using commercial feed,” he says….”

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5 responses to “Chinese fish farmers feed pig manure

  1. Tamara D.

    God, that’s disgusting!! The poor fish!! And poor us eating them! There is nothing natural in this, it is terrible! These farmers should be ashamed of themselves!

  2. Martha Embury

    Shame on the farmers, Tamara? Shame on the Chinese government! Farmers should be able to operate in an environment which allows them to be profitable. But instead they need to cut corners. Unfortunately we aren’t going to be too far off from this story here in Canada soon too! We need to make it a priority to produce healthy food in our country!
    Martha E

  3. Dennis

    Another reality American consumers don’t realize…
    Asian shrimp farming practices are even worse and there is a staggering amount of SE Asian shrimp consumed here;
    ’11 July, 2012 – U.S. shrimp imports remain on track to exceed last year’s total of nearly 1.27 billion pounds, according to figures released on Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Fisheries Service. ‘
    Consumers would be wise in more ways than one to support North American fisherman. It does cost more, but the benefits are unequivocal!

  4. Pat

    This is absolutely terrible.We must pay attention to where our fish is coming from and keep abreast of what we eat. Things have changed so much.Every country doesn’t have Americans interest at heart.

    • Anastacy

      Chinese farmers, Chinese workers, Chinese government etc all these are being attacked but what about the American stores, restaurants & companies that are encouraging this cheap production? stop playing victim & look at the reason why cheap seafood is abundant

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