- Pigs, Ducks, Black Swans, Chickens And Now Fish: The Shanghai Animal Apocalypse Accelerates (ZeroHedge, April 8, 2013):
Shanghai just can’t catch a break – first it was floating dead pigs, then ducks, then black swans, then mass chicken exterminations, and now fish. From the Telegraph: ” Just weeks after over 16,000 putrefying pigs were pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu river, more than 250kg of dead carp had to be retrieved from a river in the city’s Songjiang district. Mystery still surrounds the cause of death, but numerous explanations have surfaced in the Chinese media since residents first complained about the foul-smelling fish last Monday. Theories reportedly include climate change, electrocution, an explosion or even a drug overdose. The Shanghai Daily quoted a local government official who “speculated” the fish could have been “drugged.” So, in China things are so good, even the fish are ODing on sleeping pills? Hardly, but the fact that this is even floated “out there” just shows how miserably The Onion has missed its IPO window.
China has become notorious for its polluted rivers, largely as a result of decades of unbridled economic growth. Last year a senior official conceded 20 percent of the country’s rivers had become “too toxic for human contact”.
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Tags: animals, China, Environment, Fish, Global News, Government, Politics, Shanghai
- 59% of the ‘Tuna’ Americans Eat Is Not Tuna (The Atlantic, Feb 22, 2013):
Nonprofit ocean protection group Oceana took 1,215 samples of fish from across the United States and genetically tested them in order to bring us the following astonishing facts:
- 59% of the fish labeled “tuna” sold at restaurants and grocery stores in the US is not tuna.
- Sushi restaurants were far more likely to mislabel their fish than grocery stores or other restaurants.
What’s for dinner at your local sushi joint? Pretty much anything but what’s on the menu.
- In Chicago, Austin, New York, and Washington DC, every single sushi restaurant sampled sold mislabeled tuna.
- 84% of fish samples labeled “white tuna” were actually escolar, a fish that can cause prolonged, uncontrollable, oily anal leakage.
- The only fish more likely to be misrepresented than tuna was snapper, which was mislabeled 87% of the time, and was in actuality any of six different species.
If you’ve ever wondered why the sushi in the display case is so affordable, given the dire state of the world’s tuna supply, well, now you know.
Tags: Fish, Food, Global News, Health, Sushi, Tuna
- High levels of cesium detected in fish off Chiba (NHK, Feb 18, 2013):
Fish caught in waters off Choshi City in Chiba Prefecture have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the government safety limit.
Choshi is nearly 200 kilometers south of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Chiba Prefecture says it found 130 becquerels of cesium per kilogram in Japanese sea bass caught about 10 kilometers off Choshi on Thursday of last week. The acceptable limit is 100 becquerels.
It is the first time that higher-than-permitted levels of radioactive substances have been found in fish landed at ports in the prefecture.
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Tags: Chiba, Contamination, Environment, Fish, Food, Fukushima, Global News, Health, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Radiation
- Meet Mike, The Most Radioactive Fish Ever From Fukushima
- Record High Radiation Found In Fukushima Fish – 254,000 Bq/Kg Or 2,540 Times The Legal Limit
- Tepco to exterminate fish in Fukushima plant port (Fukushima Diary, Jan 27, 2013):
From this March, Tepco is going to build the fence to close Fukushima plant port and exterminate the fish living in the port.
It’s to stop the highly contaminated fish going offshore, and also to collect sample for analysis.
Related article..254,000 Bq/Kg from rockfish in Fukushima plant port [URL]
Tags: Environment, Fish, Fukushima, Global News, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Radiation, TEPCO
- Today’s Seafood Special: Pig Manure, Antibiotics, and Diarrhea Bugs (Mother Jones):
Next time you tuck into a Red Lobster “Endless Shrimp” special or score some $7-per-pound salmon at a supermarket, consider this: You’re very likely eating imported seafood raised on a factory-style farm in Asia—and it almost certainly was never inspected by the Food and Drug Administration on its way into the country and onto your plate.
Is that…safe? Big retailers like Walmart and restaurant chains like Darden (owner of Red Lobster) say yes, in part because some of the seafood they buy bears the Best Aquaculture Practices label. Who issues that label? The Global Aquaculture Alliance, an industry endeavor—its board consists of representatives from (you guessed it) Darden, as well as Cargill, the Chilean salmon industry, and a large farmed-shrimp importer called Eastern Fish Company. Not surprisingly, BAP standards for farmed fish placed near the bottom (16 of 20) in a 2012 ranking of aquaculture labels by the University of Victoria’s Seafood Ecology Research Group. (Darden says it independently tests its shrimp for contaminants but declined to share its results; Walmart did not answer our questions about inspections.)
Tags: Antibiotics, Diarrhoea, FDA, Fish, Food, Global News, Government, Health, Politics, Seafood, U.S.
- Meet Mike, The Most Radioactive Fish Ever From Fukushima (ZeroHedge, Jan 18, 2013):
Almost two years after the awful nuclear disaster occurred, a fish caught near Fukushima on Friday January 18th had a record-breaking level of radioactive contamination over 2500x the legal limit. TEPCO measured ‘Mike the Murasoi’ at 254,000 becquerels per kilogram (with the limit for edible seafood at 100 becquerels). As Le Monde reports, the previous record (caught on August 21st 2012) was a mere 25,800 becquerels/kg. As further precautions, TEPCO is installing new nets 20km around the Fukushima Daichi site to avoid highly contaminated fish gettig too far and being consumed by other species. While Mike’s family are no doubt distraught (at him being caught and being so radioactive), it appears (somewhat disappointingly) that there is no apparent third eye, lazer fins, legs, or other ‘expected’ ‘blinky’ malformations.Mike – the slightly crispy looking Marusoi…
Doesn’t look anything like Blinky…
Tags: Contamination, Environment, Fish, Fukushima, Global News, Japan, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors, Radiation
- Record high radiation found in Fukushima fish: TEPCO (AFP, Jan 18, 2013):
TOKYO: A fish contaminated with radiation levels more than 2,500 times the legal limit has been caught near Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, its operator said on Friday.
Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said caesium equivalent to 254,000 becquerels per kilogramme — or 2,540 times more than the government seafood limit — was detected in a “murasoi” fish.
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Tags: Environment, Fish, Fukushima, Global News, Health, Japan, New World Order, Nuclear, Nuclear reactors
President of sushi restaurant chain Sushi-Zanmai, Kiyoshi Kimura, displays a 222kg bluefin tuna at his main restaurant near Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market on January 5, 2013 (AFP Photo / Yoshikazu Tsuno)
- Big Fish: Tuna sells for record $1.8 million at Tokyo auction (RT, Jan 6, 2013):
It’s the most expensive fish in the world, and you’ll have to hurry to grab a bite of it: A huge bluefin tuna was sold for a record sum of nearly $1.8 million at a Tokyo fish market’s first auction of the year.
The enormous 221-kilogram fish was auctioned off at Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, setting a new price record – nearly three times the one set last year. The tuna was caught off the coast of northeastern Japan, according to market official Ryoji Yagi.
The meat of the world’s most expensive fish will be used for sushi and sashimi, soon to be served in one of Tokyo’s restaurant chains.
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Tags: Fish, Food, Global News, Japan, Sushi
“The U.S. federal government is pretty sneaky. Last year on New Year’s Eve, President Obama signed into law the NDAA that “legalized” secret arrests, indefinite detention, the execution of American citizens, and other horrors of a police state. This year, during the Christmas holiday weekend, the FDA has approved genetically modified salmon to be introduced into the U.S. food supply.”
- Mike Adams, Natural News
- Would you eat biotech fish? FDA approves genetically engineered salmon (Natural News, Dec 26, 2012):
After a few brief tests, GE salmon, meant to grow twice as fast as regular Atlantic salmon, was deemed safe both for the environment and for human consumption. The FDA added that it would take public comments for 60 days before finally deciding on whether or not to approve the salmon.
Criticism of the recent FDA assessment points to the lack of sufficient evidence that the fish is safe for consumption, and the difficulty in measuring its real impact on the environment once mass production begins. Continue reading »
Tags: Barack Obama, Environment, FDA, Fish, Genetically Modified Organisms, Global News, GMO, Government, Health, Obama administration, Politics, Salmon, U.S.