U.S., Vietnam in conflict over catfish in Pacific trade talks

12/17/2013 | National Public Radio

The USDA is being urged by catfish farmers to enforce a tighter inspection program for imported catfish as Vietnamese imports dominate the U.S. market. Catfish Farmers of America President Ben Pentecost said local farmers have raised serious food-safety concerns, saying polluted water and antibiotics are used to raise Vietnamese fish. "We understand that the American consumers have very high standards, and our ... farmers understand that," said Le Chi Dzung of Vietnam's embassy in Washington D.C. "And we have been working with them to make sure that the regulations are met, the issues are addressed." The fish "has become an issue at a sensitive time" in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks, this article says.

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