Never, ever, ever, under any circumstances buy crawfish or shrimp or any other seafood for that matter from China. You won’t believe what they do to their food!
I’ve written about this before. I believe it should be illegal to sell crawfish or shrimp from China in Louisiana. I don’t care if seafood from Louisiana costs more. It’s called quality and now we know it’s called safety, but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Economically, China is out to cut our legs out from under us. According to Adam Johnson of Bayou Land Seafood in Breaux Bridge, LA, crawfish farmers in Louisiana have taken a big hit thanks to China ‘dumping’ under-priced crawfish on the market. In an article by WeeklyCitizen.com, he says, ‘Louisiana crawfish processors have taken a beating from unfairly traded crawfish from China.’
Apparently, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy from Louisiana feels the same, because he, along with some of his fellow legislators filed the China Trade Cheating Restitution Act. The bill proposes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection pay $38.5 million from interest on anti-dumping duties to agricultural sectors hurt by China’s unlawful trade practice.
The WeeklyCitizen.com goes on to say that of the $38.5 million proposed payout, around $10.6 million would go to crawfish producers as a whole. That includes crawfish farmers in Louisiana. That’s money that’s desperately needed. Essentially the same thing is happening to Louisiana’s shrimping community, with Asian countries flooding the market.
But that’s not even the biggest issue. The biggest issue is what are you actually putting in your body with seafood from China. I may be late to the party on this, but have you heard that they actually inject shrimp from Asia with a gel to make them bigger and fresher? I know, the barf factor on this is pretty high, but we deserve to know what we’re putting in our bodies. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be reading labels even closer from here on out. They clearly don’t adhere to the same standards that we do here in the states.