Monday, June 15, 2009

Mississippi catfish farmers say Vietnam is sinking their business

Los Angeles Times, June 15, 2009
By Richard Fausset and Richard Simon

The millions of pounds of Vietnamese fish imported to the U.S. each year are not classified as 'catfish' and may not be subject to the same inspection regulations that will soon apply to the American

Reporting from Belzoni, Miss., and Washington -- In Vietnam there's a kind of fish that's white-fleshed and whiskered and otherwise pretty darn catfish-like. But in the eyes of the U.S. government, the creatures aren't catfish.

Now fish farmers in the American South fear this government classification will allow the Vietnamese fish to slither around inspection regulations that will soon apply to American catfish.

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