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Alabama issues Stop Sale order for Chinese catfish

Alabama Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Sparks recently held a press conference to reveal the results of tests conducted on samples of imported fish from Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The samples were obtained from nine different food storage warehouses between Feb. 13, 2007 and March 29, 2007.

The two types of fish that were tested include catfish from China and a farm raised basa type fish from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Based on the results of analysis from 33 fish samples, Sparks has issued an automatic Stop Sale order for all catfish from China. Additional testing will be required for the farm raised basa type fish products from Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

Twenty samples of catfish from China were collected for analysis. Of those 20, 14 tested positive for fluoroquinolones, an antibiotic banned for use in the United States by the FDA. The samples found in violation represent approximately 214,260 pounds of catfish and there are approximately 300,000 additional pounds of product suspended pending analysis.

Thirteen samples of basa type fish products from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia were tested. Five of these samples tested positive for fluoroquinolones. The five samples that tested positive were from Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

All samples tested negative for malachite green.

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