The United States is the third largest consumer of seafood in the world and catfish is one of the most consumed types of fish in the U.S, especially Mississippi catfish. Before eating imported fish, there are some problems you should consider. Farm raised Mississippi catfish is a much healthier choice and is available at your local Texas BBQ restaurant.
Problems with imported fish
The NOAA estimates that about 91% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. is imported. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization states that China accounts for 62% of all the farmed seafood in the world. When you consider these figures, it is not surprising to find out that China is one of the largest suppliers of fish eaten in the U.S.
Why should you be concerned where the fish you eat comes from? The U.S. has had problems with some countries, and China especially, regarding merchandise that is made there.
In 2007, the FDA banned seafood imports from China that were found to contain antimicrobial drugs including fluoroquinolone. These drugs are not approved for use in food animals in the United States because they are carcinogenic over the long term. The fish farmers in China were adding these drugs to deal with the rampant problem of fungal and bacterial infections in the fish. These infections and other diseases are so common because of the poor conditions caused by pollution from over farming and bad feeding practices.
In April of 2014, the FDA issued an import alert for fish due to the presence of Salmonella. The list of fish sources from China, Hong Kong, and other Southeast Asian countries included in this import alert is astounding. Clearly, this problem isn’t new and it isn’t going away.
Why is Mississippi catfish better?
According to the NOAA, U.S. fisheries have some of the most stringent requirements regarding fish safety and sustainability. The U.S. is often seen as a global leader in this area. The NOAA recommends choosing farm raised fish, which includes catfish. This choice is a way to ensure the fish is healthy, and produced in a sustainable manner, minimizing the environmental impact of the seafood industry. The Delta area of Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana produces the majority of the farm raised catfish in the U.S. Production in Mississippi surpasses the other three states combined. The feeding and farming practices in the Delta area of Mississippi produce a healthier, higher quality, milder tasting catfish. Mississippi catfish is a perfect addition to any healthy lifestyle.
Where can you find Mississippi catfish?
Dyers BBQ offers the best Mississippi catfish and authentic Texas barbeque that will make your mouth water. If you have any questions about our products, menu or catering services, you can contact our Amarillo location at (806) 358-7104 or our Pampa location at (806) 665-4401. You can also connect with us via e-mail by clicking on Contact Us. We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in the mood for some real Texas BBQ and Mississippi catfish!