5. Misrepresented Shrimp
In a 2014 study conducted by Oceana, shrimp was often found to be misrepresented, and consumers were not given the correct information about where the shrimp came from or if it was wild-caught or farmed. Researchers also found that 30 percent of the 143 shrimp products tested from 111 vendors visited nationwide were misrepresented, and 35 percent of those 111 vendors sold shrimp.
4. Antibiotics and Chemicals
A large percentage of the shrimp that Americans consume is from places that have no restrictions on illegal contaminants such as dioxins, PCBs and other banned chemicals. Common antibiotics given include oxytetracycline and ciprofloxacin, which are both used to treat human infections and can also increase the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
3. Shrimp Farming
Farmed shrimp commonly requires up to three pounds of wild-caught fish to feed and produce a single pound of farmed shrimp, which in turn has caused fish numbers to significantly plummet. Not to mention, shrimp farming is also incredibly detrimental to coastal lowlands. According to research published in Environmental Management in 2001, about 2.5 million to 3.75 million acres of coastal lowlands have been transformed into shrimp ponds, which in turn has compromised salt flats, mangroves, marshes and agricultural lands.
A preservative used for shrimp is 4-hexylresorcinol, which is used to prevent the shrimp from becoming discolored. Research published by the American Chemical Society discovered that xenoestrogen has estrogen-like effects that have been shown to put women at a high risk of breast cancer and reduce sperm counts in men.
1. Labor Practices
In an Associated Press investigation, reporters uncovered a slavery network in Samut Sakhon, Thailand, dedicated to peeling shrimp sold around the world. The AP found that the shrimp peeled by the slaves was reaching the U.S., Europe, and Asia. AP reporters traced the shrimp sold throughout U.S. supermarkets and found shrimp products from tainted supply chains.Related: Organic Chinese Produce found Highly Contaminated