U.S. Catfish Industry Reminds Consumers Its Products Are Growth Hormone Free, Says Imported Catfish Is A Concern

August 16, 2013 — Following news that leading American food producers and processors will no longer purchase meat treated with controversial hormones, the nation’s largest aquaculture industry, U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, reminded American consumers that its products have always been free of growth hormones. ”U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish producers have never used growth hormones or any of the harmful and illegal drugs and antibiotics frequently used in foreign imported products,” said Ben Pentecost, Mississippi catfish farmer and President of Catfish Farmers of America (CFA). “The purity of our catfish and the safety of consumers have always been our primary concerns.” CFA said consumers should be alerted to the dangers of imported catfish and catfish-like species, citing that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to find banned and potentially dangerous drugs and biotoxins in imported products. ”Due to the FDA’s weak inspection program, 98 percent of imported seafood is being sold directly to American families with no inspection, and less than one percent is actually being tested for contaminants,” said Pentecost. “U.S. catfish farmers will continue to provide a healthy, safe and nutritious food product, and we encourage American consumers to look for the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish label when dining out or purchasing groceries.”

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