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Why you should not eat Basa fish

Executive Summary

Vietnamese Basa fish has become popular in the last decade. It has good appearance and better yield. It is cheap and available year round.

However, reports are showing it contains many carcinogenic chemicals. It may also have mercury contamination.

Don’t eat Basa fish, if you are not sure about the source of the fish.

Vietnamese Basa fish has popular since 2008 in India. But is it safe to consume it?

Its main attractions are its appearance and better yield (the amount of meat obtained after deboning). It is available year round and quite cheap compared to local fish varieties. It does not give typical fishy smell while cooking, or as a cooked entrée. So in buffets, where vegetarian and non–vegetarian patrons mingle, serving it has become common.

Reports are emerging now say it is infested with unsafe chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic in nature. Read: Why you should not order the Basa fish.

Salient points

In 2007, the US Food and Drug Administration banned the import of the Vietnamese Basa fish into the USA.

In 2005, the Consumer Association of Canada expressed concerns over fishes imported from Vietnam, as lab tests showed the presence of a banned form of fungicide in the fishes.

Big hotels in India have completely stopped serving Basa.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said that Basa runs the risk of mercury contamination.

In conclusion

It is best to avoid eating Basa fish at a restaurant, especially if you are not sure about the source of the fish, or you doubt the hygiene and safety standards of the place.

First published on: 12th August, 2018

Image credit: Alpha [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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