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Today: Foreign Shrimp on Our Plates

According to Oceana, a problem with foreign shrimp is that Asian shrimp farms might be using toxic chemicals that are banned in the U.S. And consumers can’t always rely on the mandatory country-of-origin label system because the rules state that only the last country where seafood was processed must be listed.

Most foreign farmed shrimp should be avoided because of concerns about habitat destruction, over fishing of other organisms to serve as feed, waste pollution, spread of diseases, and overuse of chemical treatments.

Some shrimp farmers in Thailand have even been linked to human trafficking. The farmed shrimp supply consists of approximately 400,000 producers which makes it difficult for consumers to know the origin of their shrimp and how it was farmed.

Today : Mislabelling & Faux-Shrimp

DNA analyses were conducted by the environmental advocacy group Oceana.

Finding included that 35 percent of shrimp sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants was improperly labeled by species or type, raising questions about food safety and complicating efforts to promote sustainability.

The group also found some unknown shrimp species, or at least species that weren’t usually considered fit for human consumption. Of the 20 species the Oceana team identified, eight were not previously known to be on the market for consumption.