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The shrimp at some plants are packed in ice. That's good. What's bad? it's ice made from water often found to be contaminated with bacteria and unfit for human consumption, say Bloomberg's reporters in Hanoi.
Vietnam ships 100 million pounds of shrimp a year to the U.S., about 8 percent of the shrimp sold in America.
Reuters says the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June recommended removal from the U.S. market of South Korean shellfish, including clams and mussels, because, said the agency, the fish might have been exposed to human fecal waste or otherwise contaminated. At least 4 U.S. consumers have become ill after eating South Korean seafood, said the FDA.
Outside Hong Kong, at a tilapia farm, fish are fed a diet that includes pig and geese feces. That practice, Michael Doyle tells Bloomberg Markets, is unsafe for U.S. consumers, because the manure may be contaminated with salmonella. Doyle is director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia. Fish farmers, he says, use fecal matter as a cheaper alternative to commercial fish food.
The FDA inspects food shipments to the United States, including seafood shipments, but the agency's resources are limited, says Bloomberg's report. It is able to inspect fewer than 3 percent of shipments. Of that, reports Bloomberg, much is sent back. The FDA has rejected 1,380 shipments of Vietnamese seafood since 2007, finding filth and salmonella.
C.diff or Clostridium difficile is a very well known infection among healthcare workers. Antibiotics are a great thing normally. But sometimes when the antibiotics kill the bad germs, they also kill the good germs in the body that normally protect you against infections such as C.diff. Patients who have other illnesses or conditions requiring prolonged use of antibiotics, and the elderly, are at greater risk of acquiring this disease. The bacteria are found in the feces. Patients can become infected if they touch items or surfaces that are contaminated with feces and then touch their mouth or mucous membranes. Healthcare workers can spread the bacteria to patients or contaminate surfaces through hand contact. A C.diff infection causes diarrhea and a colitis or inflammation of the colon known as a pseudomembranous exudate. The blue arrows in the photo point to this. There are actually yellow plaques that form on the lining of the bowel which is a textbook finding of a C.diff infection. If a patient gets C.diff, antibiotic treatment should be discontinued. The infection can go away with treatment. The last resort is a surgical resection like this removing the entire colon. I have seen a few autopsies where a really bad C.diff infection caused death. One treatment option is a poop transplant 💩😳 Transplanting stool from a healthy person to the colon of a patient with repeat C. difficile infections has been shown to successfully treat C. difficile. These “fecal transplants” appear to be the most effective method for helping patients with repeat C. difficile infections. This procedure may not be widely available and its long term safety has not been established.