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I know this has been covered many times but this is new.  The senate voted to stop the USDA from inspecting catfish from Vietnam.  Here is a link.

http://thehill.com/regulation/legislation/281222-republicans-feud-over-catfish-inspections

 

And why should we care?

 

http://deltafarmpress.com/livestock/eyes-vietnamese-catfish-farming

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You shouldn't buy it anyway. It's raised about the same way tilapia is. A much better, affordable and sustainable fish is Cape Capensis. It's a mild flavored fish from South Africa with a texture similar to catfish. It was extremely popular at a seafood restaurant that I used to run, and I paid just over 3.00 per pound for it at that time. Vietnamese catfish is known by several names, usually swai or pongo.. If you want catfish, either buy wild caught or farmed US catfish. I'm not a fan of any farmed fish, but some people prefer the milder flavor.

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The problem here is a snafu. The U.S. catfish producers shot themselves in the foot by insisting that the Vietnamese fish wasn't catfish. They were worried about the competition with their product, and so went to great lengths to say it wasn't catfish so that it couldn't be labeled as such. Now they want the government to include it in the catfish genus so it comes under the same criteria as the U.S product. The argument results because you can't have it both ways.

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