Maintenance – NBC News: "Is your favorite seafood toxic?"

I am married to a serious meat-lover, and of course I naturally want to please him when I cook.  I find myself turning to shrimp to find a “happy medium”.  It’s easy to make a yummy vegetarian dish and then throw a little shrimp or fish in it to appease him.  Well, over the last year I have been reading/seeing more an more about how contaminated seafood can be.  They discussed this exact issue on the Today Show last week (see video above).

As a consumer I wish that I had more faith in the FDA.  I wish I could completely trust that they are doing everything that they can to ensure the quality and safety of my food. Unfortunately, at this point, my faith has seriously dwindled.  But, as a consumer, I also feel a lot of personal responsibility in that area.  I shouldn’t always rely on someone else (i.e the government) to take care of my needs.  I should actively educate myself about where my food is coming from and what, precisely, is in it. 

Watching this video is simply another step for me.  It isn’t necessarily about passing judgment.  It’s about trying to look at all sides and then making an educated decision.  I will say, that the video has certainly made me more aware.  And truthfully that has been my secret wish for everyone that eats – simply that we are aware! The fish industry is up in arms about it (of course) and they want their side to be heard also.  

A federal law passed in 2005 (P.L. 108-199) mandates that retailers label fresh and frozen unprocessed fish and shellfish with the country of origin and method of production (wild-caught or farm-raised). Your local fishmonger also should be able to tell you which of the “U.S. origin” seafood is from your region or state.

I will say that the next time I decide to purchase seafood of any kind I will check to find out where it is coming from!

Source: WFM 1-10

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