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USDA-FSIS Inspection Halts Dangerous Vietnamese Pangasius Shipment 

May 24, 2016 -- The USDA-FSIS Inspection Program for catfish and catfish-like species has been operating for mere days and has found two contaminated shipments of pangasisus from Vietnam.  The shipments were refused entry because FSIS found elevated amounts of Malachite Green and Crystal Violet, two banned and dangerous carcinogens. One shipment also contained enrofloxacin, an antibiotic illegal for use in U.S. food products.

FSIS recently took over inspection of domestic and important catfish and catfish-like species from FDA, as mandated in the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills.  The FSIS Catfish Inspection Program is providing a greater level of protection for American consumers than FDA, which inspected less than 0.2% of imported catfish-like species. 
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"Early indications from the FSIS inspections show a stricter inspection element is warranted, and they are uncovering contaminants we don't want American consumers to eat," said Chris Gallegos, a spokesman from the office of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.
FSIS inspection is underway and accomplishing its goal of protecting American consumers from the safety threat of untested and dangerous catfish-like products dumped by foreign governments into our markets.

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