Walmart Pulls Contaminated Frozen Catfish From China

China needs a PR company that specializes in damage control. Walmarts nationwide are pulling their supply of 4oz frozen catfish fillets due to recent finding in Alabama that the catfish may be contaminated with an anti-biotic banned in the US. From CBS4:

Fluoroquinolone was reportedly banned by the FDA in 1997, but Florida food safety experts officials told CBS-4’s Al Sunshine that it is not an imminent threat to public health and it’s more of an issue of keeping unneeded antibiotics out of the human food supply.

Wal-Mart officials say they that while working closely with their suppliers and the FDA, they became aware earlier in the week of a potential issue with a one of their 4 oz. frozen catfish fillets.

The store immediately sent out word to all of their locations nationwide to remove the product from stores.

The catfish investigation started in Alabama. From Forbes:

Alabama Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks announced a stop sale order in the state for all catfish from China after antibiotics banned in the United States were found in Chinese catfish.

Sparks said 20 samples of catfish from China were collected for testing by the department of agriculture over the last few weeks. Of those samples, 14 tested positive for fluoroquinolones, an antibiotic banned by the FDA since 1997.

“We are sending notice today that we are not going to continue to sit by and let these foreign countries produce their food at a different standard than we ask our farmers to produce by and then send those products in here at a cheaper price,” Sparks said Wednesday.

China, China, China. Damn. Now everyone is looking. The recall affects around 214,260 lbs of catfish in Alabama. —MEGHANN MARCO

Walmart Pulls Contaminated Catfish From Stores
Alabama Bans Chinese Catfish [Forbes]


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  1. Paul says:

    But will Walmart be able to pull the bad catfish off the shelves faster than it was (not) able to get the Totenkopf shirts off the shelves?

  2. Brnin8r says:

    Or the contaminated pet food?

  3. nweaver says:

    Hmm, so in 3 months will there be “Wal*Mart Recalled Catfish Watch, day 90”?

  4. Jason.Falkner says:

    Correcting a little misinformation from the Forbes article:
    Cipro, Avelox, and Levaquin belong to the fluoroquinolone class. This whole class has NOT been banned in the U.S., just some members of the class.

  5. ColinColin says:

    I’m not sure why but I still currently avoid ANY food that comes from China (ie. fruit cups).

  6. Kangarara says:

    You don’t need PR if your prices are dirt cheap; ref: wal-mart itself…

  7. nuton2wheels says:

    I don’t understand why we would order catfish from china. It’s not like we are enduring a catfish shortage at the moment. The same thing goes for the (tainted) wheat and contaminated pork. What’s the point of importing it from a country across the globe (lead time, transportation costs) that has inferior health standards in order to save a few bucks? It’s ridiculous. Our dependence on china for EVERYTHING has increased tremendously in recent years, and I find it depressing. We’ve transformed our economy’s focus from production to service, and it’s fast becoming “servicing china.”

    We’re pumping billions of dollars into china’s filthy pockets in exchange for their government’s taunting threats of nuclear war with us over Taiwan, a total disregard for human rights and the environment, and the situation in Tibet, among other things. Does anybody ever wonder why we are still screwing Cuba over with the embargo after all these years? china’s a bigger menace.

  8. Sudonum says:

    To second your question about importing catfish from China. Aren’t like a jillion catfish farms in Alabama and Mississippi? I guess they won’t cut their price by $0.03 per pound so Walmart goes to China.

  9. AcidReign says:

    …..Walmart’s meat department gets rid of stuff, where I live, by marking it down. I’m figuring we’ll see some $1.99 a pound catfish filets monday. Ick. And that’s something I’ve bought and eaten many times, too. Yuck!

    …..It has been a while, though. Right now, I’m addicted to frozen grilled salmon filets from Sam’s club, for seafood night.

  10. LearningForever says:

    As the supply chain gets longer in lead time due to the longer transportation time from China, you just start to wonder what other problems that they have that they will not capture. Not only that, the size and scope of the Walmart operation will probably not get all the contaminated food off the shelf in time.

    Another further thought, the farmers in China may not even totally know what rules and regulations USA has on our food supply. We are so strict about food produced in the USA and also imported from Cananda, yet, I am sure we are less stringent about imports from China. Why then do we put ourselves at risk. I bet we do some form of inspection of the incoming food, but is it enough?

    This is the main reason why diseases like Bird Flu, hand and mouth disease and even Mad cow disease get brought into the USA. The places where the animals are reared have different standards from US. And for a couple of cents of savings, we import the meat into USA and potentially expose our lifes to these life threatening diseases.

  11. asherchang says:

    The new economy in China is too much of an uregulated capitalistic free-for-all brimming with more and more entrepeneurs who are not familiar with the strict safety regulations and accountability that has been in place throughout the rest of the developed world for ages. And attempts to actually hold companies accountable for safety will fail as any government official can be bribed too easilly to look the other way.

  12. Buran says:

    @Paul: Complaining about food that can actually get people sick or dead is entirely different than the endless complaining about Tshirts that are totally harmless.

    The T-shirts don’t matter. Food does.

  13. rich815 says:

    “…Our dependence on china for EVERYTHING has increased tremendously in recent years…”

    It’s not a dependence but demand. We simply demand cheaper.

  14. mopar_man says:

    People actually buy FOOD at Wal-Mart? Yuck.

  15. erock0 says:

    Holy crap! Walmart DOES by everything from China.

  16. Anemi says:

    Is anybody disturbed that China produces 70% of the world’s seafood and labeling by country of origin is not required by any agency of the US Government?

  17. fatal616 says:

    People actually pays for mercury contaminated rotting flesh? Yuk.