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DeLauro Statement on Shipments of Uninspected Vietnamese Catfish to American Supermarkets

June 21, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (June 21, 2016) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recall of 25,760 pounds of imported Vietnamese catfish, which has not been inspected for the presence of banned antibiotics. The catfish has been distributed to grocery stores in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

“News that Vietnamese catfish is being recalled because the company dodged inspections for banned antibiotics is outrageous. Despite the company in question breaking our nation’s food safety laws multiple times, it can continue to ship catfish to our supermarkets, putting Americans at risk. There is no denying that foreign sea food often contains dangerous and illegal toxins, but the Administration’s answer is to not only allow these shipments, but encourage them through the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

“Rather than standing up to foreign corporations that do not have any regard for the health and safety of Americans, the Administration is continuing its fight to lower our food standards. We do not need toxic catfish and we certainly do not need toxic trade agreements like the TPP. When foreign food companies a half a world away are trying to skirt our rules, we need a robust food safety system—which includes keeping USDA in charge of catfish inspections—as well as trade agreements that protect American consumers.”