Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 08:06
Imported fish tainted by a potentially dangerous antibiotic
was discovered at a store in Morganton.
The fish was contaminated with
Fluoroquinolone, which could harm children and unborn babies if consumed in
large amounts, according to state health officials. Health officials are
recalling Golden Boy brand silver barb fish from Vietnam. Distribution company
Lien Hoa Food Corporation out of Chicago, is voluntarily ceasing product
distribution. Contamination is blamed on a chicken coop near where the fish
were raised. Chickens were fed medicated seed, and their waste is believed to
have dropped into the fish pond. The company’s shrimp may have been raised in
the same manner- and health officials will be testing them next week. In the
meantime, state officials warn to be wary of seafood imported from Asia.
So far, the contaminated fish has not been discovered
in the High Country, but the brand is sold at some specialty stores. Ten stores
in North Carolina have had their products tested for the antibiotic- and so
far, only Morganton has found the drug in fish. Until contamination is found in
the High Country- there’s no need to panic, officials say. They do urge you to
use caution, however, when purchasing Asian fish.