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Chinese fish, as tasty as Veges planted along Sewer lines

Chinese fish being sold to fish sellers in Kisumu
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According to Food fact Check, the farm-raised tilapia fish in China are so far raised and processed in filthy conditions.It is enough to make you throw up. Some foreign workers have to wear masks as they work in these places, because the food is so rotten and filthy, it makes them want to throw up. Many of their Fish on Fish Farms are fed Raw sewage daily.

Fish pond in China
Fish pond in China

One food inspector in Food tv, recently said he has seen so much filth throughout their food growing and processing that he would “never” eat any of it. They raise this filth, put some food coloring and some flavorings on it, then they ship it to the African for YOU to consume and feed to YOUR families. They have no Food & Safety Inspectors. They ship it to you to buy and poison your families and friends.

The imported fish from China continue to dorminantly flood Kisumu markets. The fish that are majorly transported in white boxes, marked “Frozen Tilapia” are still penetrating their way to the Lakeside city from as soon as today morning. Unconfirmed reports indicate that some fishermen are also trading these Chinese fish, and selling them to business persons at costly prices in pretence that they are fresh from from the lake.

One of the reasons for the popularity of tilapia is that they are short-lived and primarily vegetarian and therefore do not accumulate substantial amounts of mercury by consuming other fish, as other common predatory food fish do. This factor also means, as reported in a June 2013 National Geographic article, that tilapia are more efficient to farm because they eat lower on the food chain:

Locals are however cautious of consuming any fish meals, as it has proven difficult to differentiate the imported fish from China with the fresh fish from Lake Victoria. What is also worrying is the fact that, the imported frozen fish in the carton stays out of the cold-room (room temperatures) with the ice still intact. Whatever the Chinese do to make the ice “stick” on the fish for that long is one big puzzle. On a good day ice should melt when left at room temperatures.

 “Another concern is the manner in which the fish is farmed. There are complains that some of the pond waters in China are very dirty and huge amounts of antibiotics and fungal treatments are used to feed these fish and their production. Of course if one can produce a fish, export it to Kenya and sell it at 30/- , something is very wrong. Trouble is, in Kisumu, the Department of agriculture is moribund. We can’t kill the industry due to greed and ineptitude,” adds Dr  Mc’Obewa.

Imported China fish being sold in the Fish Market in Kisumu, Courtesy of Allan Obieo
Imported China fish being sold in the Fish Market in Kisumu,
Courtesy of Allan Obieo

Kisumu County Health Department Chief Officer, Dr Lusi has however instructed the health officers in Kisumu to collect samples of the imported fish for testing. Hopefully the results are likely to be out by Friday.

The USA had however the tested the China fish and in need the food was from a pollutant source. “There are heavy metals, mercury and flame retardants in fish samples we’ve tested,” said Ming Hung Wong, a professor of biology at Hong Kong Baptist University. “We’ve got to stop the pollutants entering the food system.” Mercury has dangerous effects especially to the children and pregnant women. It does not affect all populations equally. When expectant women give birth after consuming mercury contaminated foods, they become vulnerable to methyl mercury ingestion , which can lead to neurological problems.

Pond fish in China being fed on faeces
Pond fish in China being fed on faeces
Symptoms of exposure to high levels of methyl mercury include disturbed vision, hearing, and speech, lack of coordination, and muscle weakness. Medical studies have examined the correlation of fish consumption and health issues. American studies have presented evidence of fish consumption and its effects on child development.
The big question, is “What are the health effects of the consumption of the imported fish, do they contain any toxins and how are they reared? How will the imported Chinese fish business be sustained to ensure that it does not ruin the fishing industry in Kisumu County & its environs.

At the end of the day, Kenyan locals who have tasted the Chinese fish reared in raw sewage share that it is just as sweet, tasty & pocket friendly just like the green veges that are grown along sewer lines.

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