Consumer Reports Finds 60% of Raw Shrimp Tested Positive for Bacteria

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch – There are now more reasons to consider skipping your next shrimp cocktail. In a startling new Consumer Reports study, bacteria was detected in more than half the raw shrimp that was tested, with some also tainted with illegal antibiotic residues. For the study, How Safe is Your Shrimp?, scientists analyzed 342 packages of frozen shrimp — 284 raw and 58 cooked samples — purchased at Albertsons, Costco, Fry’s Marketplace, Hy-Vee, Kroger, Sprouts Farmers Market and Walmart in 27 cities across the U.S. The study found that 60 percent of raw shrimp tested positive for bacteria, including salmonella, E. coli and listeria. In seven raw shrimp samples, scientists detected the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, that could potentially lead to a dangerous infection. America’s demand for our favorite crustacean is causing a sea of trouble here and abroad. Photo credit: Shutterstock The country currently consumes about three...

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EPA Finalizes Standards to Protect Fish, Aquatic Life from Cooling Water Intakes

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized standards to protect billions of fish and other aquatic life drawn each year into cooling water systems at large power plants and factories. This final rule is required by the Clean Water Act to address site-specific challenges, and establishes a common sense framework, putting a premium on public input and flexibility for facilities to comply. An estimated 2.1 billion fish, crabs, and shrimp are killed annually by being pinned against cooling water intake structures (impingement) or being drawn into cooling water systems and affected by heat, chemicals, or physical stress (entrainment). To protect threatened and endangered species and critical habitat, the expertise of the Fish & Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service is available to inform decisions about control technologies at individual facilities. “EPA is making it clear that if you have cooling water intakes you have to...

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