Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Pangas fish (Dory Fish) - Food Hazard!

It is called Sutchi and I saw many housewives snatching up the fish at supermarkets as they are really reasonably priced. The fish looks good but read the article and you will be shocked.

My colleague who deals with seafood confirmed that this is true. This product is from Vietnam and unless you know the right supplier which most of us won't, so be safe!

Hi all:

Sutchi is sold in Singapore supermarkets and I've got a stinking feeling its the same thing!

To be 100% sure that we're not eating Pangas, better not order fish n chips when eating out!!

Do you eat this frozen fish called Pangas ?
( Pangasius, Vietnamese River Cobbler, White Catfish, Gray Sole )

There is a video in French language

Industrially farmed in Vietnam along the Mekong River , Pangas or whatever they're calling it, has only been recently introduced to the French market. However, in a very short amount of time, it has grown in popularity in France . The French are slurping up Pangas like it's their last meal of soup noodles. They are very, very affordable (cheap), are sold in filets with no bones and they have a neutral (bland) flavor and texture; many would compare it to cod and sole, only much cheaper. But as tasty as some people may find it, there's, in fact, something hugely unsavory about it. I hope the information provided here will serve as very important information for you and your future choices. Here's why I think it is better left in the shops (and not on your dinner plates):

1. Pangas are teeming with high levels of poisons and bacteria. ( industrial effluents, arsenic, and toxic and hazardous by-products of the growing industrial sector, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT and its metabolites (DDTs), metal contaminants, chlordane-related compounds (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) ).

The reasons are that the Mekong River is one of the most polluted rivers on the planet and this is where pangas are farmed and industries along the river dump chemicals and industrial waste directly into it. To Note: a friend lab tests these fish and tells us to avoid eating them due to high amounts of contamination. Regardless of the reports and recommendations against selling them, the supermarkets still sell them to the general public knowing they are contaminated.

2. They freeze Pangas in contaminated river water.

3. Pangas are not environmentally sustainable, a most unsustainable food you could possibly eat - 'Buy local' means creating the least amount of environmental harm as possible. This is the very opposite end of the spectrum of sustainable consumerism. Pangas are raised in Vietnam . Pangas are fed food that comes from Peru ( more on that below ), their hormones ( which are injected into the female Pangas ) come from China . ( More about that below ) and finally, they are transported from Vietnam to France . That's not just a giant carbon foot print, that's a carbon continent of a foot print.

4. There's nothing natural about Pangas - They're fed dead fish remnants and bones, dried and ground into a flour, from South America , manioc ( cassava ) and residue from soy and grains. This kind of nourishment doesn't even remotely resemble what they eat in nature. But what it does resemble is the method of feeding mad cows ( cows were fed cows, remember? ). What they feed pangas is completely unregulated so there are most likely other dangerous substances and hormones thrown into the mix. The pangas grow at a speed light ( practically! ) : 4 times faster than in nature¡Kso it makes you wonder what exactly is in their food? Your guess is as good as mine.

5. Pangas are Injected with Hormones Derived from Urine - I don't know how someone came up with this one out but they've discovered that if they inject female Pangas with hormones made from the dehydrated urine of pregnant women, the female Pangas grow much quicker and produce eggs faster ( one Panga can lay approximately 500,000 eggs at one time ). Essentially, they're injecting fish with hormones ( they come all of the way from a pharmaceutical company in China ) to speed up the process of growth and reproduction. That isn't good. Some of you might not mind eating fish injected with dehydrated pee, so if you don't, good for you, but just consider the rest of the reasons to NOT eat it..

6. You get what you pay for - and then some. Don't be lured in by insanely cheap price of Pangas. Is it worth risking your health and the health of your family?

7. Buying Pangas supports unscrupulous, greedy evil corporations and food conglomerates that don't care about the health and well-being of human beings. They only are concerned about selling as many pangas as possible to unsuspecting consumers. These corporations only care about selling and making more money at whatever cost to the public.

8. Pangas will make you sick - If ( for reasons in #1 above ) you don't get immediately ill with vomiting, diarrhea and effects from severe food poisoning, congratulations, you have an iron stomach! But you're still ingesting POISON not poisson.

Final important note: Because of the prodigious amount of availability of Pangas, be warned that they will certainly find their way into other foods: surimi ( those pressed fish things, imitation crab sticks ), fish sticks, fish terrines, and probably in some pet foods. ( Warn your dogs and cats and hamsters and gerbils and even your pet fish! )

So, when you do your next round of shopping of frozen fish,
or eating out at cafes / food stalls by choosing fish-&-chips, think twice !!
You have been warned !!!


At 4:47 PM , Blogger Fish said...

The local name is Patin. Just make sure you ask for its source (where is it from, freshly caught or reared-where?). Don't buy if you feel suspicious.

At 3:10 AM , Anonymous jai said...

This is the first time I’ve read about this. I keep learning new things everyday!
how to take care of discus fish

At 10:36 AM , Blogger cuteek said...

err I just ate this fish for dinner and it's from Vietnam.

At 4:06 PM , Blogger viridiflavus said...

This blog is full of b......t.
No fish will enter the EU if it contains the chemicals you mentioned.

You state the Mehkong is polluted, but the fish are not from the Mehkong, but from ponds that possibly take water from the Mehkong, but they will take up most substances through their food. Fish from the Mehkong or the Thames can be polluted from the natural food organisms at the bottom that concentrate chemicals in their fatty tissues. The cultured fish don't have that problem, because they are given artificial feeds.

The feed is a feed that is optimised to have the lowest costs and highest growth. That is why they add protein rich rest products. It is necessary to add fish in most fish diets to provide essential nutrients. For a fish it is perfectly natural to eat fish, what do you suppose a cod eats? A reference to the mad cow disease is totally beside the point.

I ate quite some panga already and they never made me sick.

The production of panga is energy efficient provides jobs and economical development in Vietnam and neigbouring countries. Do you think it is better to send them developmental aides.

Our home fisheries runs on subsidized oil and is depleting the stocks below desirable levels. Because the enlargement of scale the number of jobs is decreasing in fisheries.

If you dont have any hard facts, like reports of chemical analysis of panga fillets all the objections are based on bla bla. Not one source of your information is mentioned in your blog.

I dont have the energy to go into all the accusations. Also the taste of panga is fine.


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