Spot checks of fish and prawns which have been farmed in Asia found that half contain bacteria which is resistant to antibiotics, according to animal rights organisation Wakker Dier.
The foundation had 43 samples of Asian fish and prawns tested for bacteria. One prawn sample was even found to have ESBL, an enzyme which prevents many antibiotics from working. It has previously been detected in meat but never before in fish, Wakker Dier said. […]
If the fish is not properly cooked, the bacteria can also have an impact on human health by stopping antibiotics from working.
At the beginning of this year a Dutch distributor of Asian pangasius fish had a significant PR campaign inviting several food bloggers to see their distribution facilities and watch a presentation about the production plant in Vietnam. The purpose of the PR blitz was to deal with the negative perceptions that Dutch people have about these mass fish farming operations. After all, The Netherlands is a nation that relies heavily on fish and old school fishing operations (and fish processing) are the economic backbone of several Dutch regions. If there is one product the Dutch are proud of (and rightfully so), it’s their seafood. Back then, I was quite surprised at a couple of things, namely at how little questioning there was from the attending bloggers and journalists about both the antibiotics used on a very large scale and the labor conditions that these factories employ. Given these findings, I guess my reaction was not entirely unfounded.