Beware this coming crayfish season! While there are set allowable amounts for heavy metals, antibiotics, hormones (and apparently even opium) in crayfish, there is apparently no standard for pesticide levels. This is particularly alarming as last month Chongming County fisherman were caught dumping pesticides in rivers to more easily nab the critters. Shanghai: where the line between food producer and Orkin exterminator is a thin one.
It looks like regulations won’t be implemented anytime soon. An official at Shanghai’s Tongchuan Fish market stated that it takes time to create a standard for the acceptable amount of pesticides safe for people to consume.
“Poisoning for food” isn’t limited to the crayfish industry. Last year Zhejiang officials busted a ring responsible for putting poisoned wax balls in chicken to kill dogs for meat. We assume ‘repeat business’ isn’t a big priority with these groups.
[Pic via fullserviceaquatics.com]