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Sen. McCain Supports Toxic Fish|
Posted on March 16, 2011
Danny "Greasy" Belcher, Executive Director
Executive Director, Task Force Omega of KY Inc.
Vietnam Infantry Sgt. 68-69
"D" Troop 7th Sqdn. 1st Air Cav.
Something is sure fishy as Vietnam ex-POW Mike Beng says below. One must remember that Sen. John McCain has a financial interest in Budweiser beer being sold in communist Vietnam which is a tremendous fortune in revenues for the senator from Arizona.
If you value your health it only makes sense to not eat Red Chinese or communist Vietnamese fish. Deadly and toxic are not descriptions I want used when describing anything I eat.
Against public health warnings, Senator McCain Advocate for no inspection of Vietnam's polluted "psudo catfish." In an effort to force inspection of Vietnam's imported polluted tra and basa fish (not of the catfish family), which are often mislabeled as "Catfish" in US markets, US catfish farmers and public health advocates have persuaded congress to legally label the Vietnamese fish as imported catfish to force USDA to inspect and test them for pollutants. Tests have shown the imported fish to contained two chemicals banned in the US, as well as being pen raised in the extremely polluted waters of Vietnam's rivers. It makes one wonder if the importers of these fish might be making substantial donations to McCain's war chest ; it all smells fishy and it ain't just the tra and basa.
Vietnam ex-POW Mike Benge
Catfish war heats up with effort to curb import inspections
By BARTHOLOMEW SULLIVAN - Scripps Howard News Service
First Posted: March 10, 2011 - 10:08 am
Last Updated: March 10, 2011 - 10:08 am
WASHINGTON - More shots were fired -- or perhaps misfired -- this week in the international catfish war, this time in an effort to stop creation of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to inspect imports of the whiskered bottom-dweller.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., took to the floor to call for repeal of the measure, passed in the 2008 Farm Bill, that he said "aims to inhibit Vietnamese catfish imports as well as catfish imports of other potential trade partners."
He said the Farm Bill measure, which is currently in USDA's rule-making process, is "nothing more than the latest effort by members of Congress serving the special interests of the catfish industry in their home states."
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., a supporter of the USDA inspection program, released a statement Wednesday saying he opposes the repeal measure. "The Department of Agriculture should be given a chance to finally carry out the inspection authority Congress gave it in 2008," it said. Inspection would "help ensure that imported catfish are as safe and nutritious as the catfish produced in Mississippi and elsewhere. We do not have that assurance today."
Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana have hundreds of catfish operations. The new catfish inspection regimen was written into the Farm Bill at the behest of the domestic catfish industry. At issue in the USDA rulemaking is whether Vietnamese fish known as basa and tra, which have the same whiskers as the bottom-dwelling channel catfish, will be subject to inspection.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has continued to impose high tariffs on imports of frozen Vietnamese fish fillets after domestic catfish producers -- including Tunica, Miss.-based Pride of the Pond and Indianola, Miss.-based Delta Pride Catfish -- complained of anti-competitive dumping. The domestic industry persuaded Congress in 2002 to prevent the Vietnamese fish from being labeled "catfish."
McCain, a POW in Vietnam, was on record in 2002 opposing the domestic catfish industry's efforts to prevent labeling the Vietnamese fish as catfish. McCain said this week that transferring regulation to the USDA from the Food and Drug Administration, which has jurisdiction now, would "create barriers for Vietnamese catfish farmers." He also asserted the FDA "hasn't reported any safety or health problems with the Vietnamese imports."
That's simply false, said the Catfish Farmers of America. In a statement, the trade group cited an FDA report from November 2008 showing banned drug residues in 53 Vietnamese fish samples tested between 2004 and 2007.
The trade group also noted that two of McCain's Arizona constituents pleaded guilty to conspiracy to buy and resell Asian catfish as grouper, sole or snapper, as reported last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's law enforcement office. Some of the fish they handled contained malachite green and Enrofloxin, potentially hazardous chemicals banned from U.S. food products.
"It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese farmers over the health and safety of American citizens," said Butch Wilson, president of the trade group.
(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.scrippsnews.com)
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