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Press Briefing on New Report Raising Alarms on Consumer Health Risks of Imported Catfish

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Press Release J E 4
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When: 1:30 - 2 pm, Thursday, July 22, 2010

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-G11

Participants: Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), Chairman, Senate Agriculture Committee

Dr. Barbara Petersen, Principal Scientist, Exponent's Health Sciences Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety

Tony Corbo, Food & Water Watch, expert on food-related legislative and regulatory issues

Joey Lowery, President, Catfish Farmers of America

A report by The Health Sciences Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety raising new alarms over the long-term consumer health risks of eating imported catfish grown in contaminated water and treated with drugs banned for use in U.S. fish-farming will be released at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, SD-G11.

At a time when food safety issues are a growing concern in the United States, this new report underscores demands by consumer safety groups, lawmakers and catfish farmers seeking greater food safety protections for American consumers.

Nearly one-third of all catfish sold in America is imported from Vietnam and China, where fish farming environments are far less controlled and the incidence of contamination is much greater than in the United States.

Legislation approved by Congress two years ago would shift inspection of all catfish--imported and domestic--from the FDA to USDA, which has tougher and more comprehensive inspection and regulation requirements. But the law has been tied up in the federal bureaucracy and has not yet been put into effect.

For background information, please visit www.safecatfish.com. A copy of the report will be posted on the website on July 22.

For more information please contact:

Molly Moore, Communications; molly@sandersonstrategies.com; 202-682-3700

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- July 20/

SOURCE Catfish Farmers of America
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