This is mind blowing information and you’ll think twice about eating Tilapia in the US from now on. First, Carbon Monoxide is a clear odorless gas that is lethal to humans in large consumptions. It is the gas emitted from a car’s exhaust pipe and as most of us know, this is the reason you never run the car in the garage with the garage door closed right?
Well, what most people don’t know is how else Carbon Monoxide is used…. on your MEAT AND FISH! CO is used on meat and fish to make them look more fresh: the CO molecules delay the discoloration of the flesh that would otherwise indicate it is starting to rot. There is also a small benefit in gassing – it kills some potential parasites. Tilapia is a relatively cheap and healthy fish and reacts very well to treatment with CO. It can be frozen, shipped across the world and then put on display in your local grocery store as “freshly caught.”
Not only are we consuming Carbon Monoxide through our meat and fish but the problems really begin when you think you are buying and eating fresh fish that isn’t really fresh.
Don’t think it can get worse? The European Union and China forbid CO treatment of food. But the US? Of course we allow it….
Americans eat 500 million pounds of Tilapia a year. The Tilapia sold here in the United States comes from either Latin America or China. Almost all Tilapia is farmed. The fish from Latin America are not gassed however the fish from China are. Simply put, the Chinese government allows the gassing of fish but not for it’s countries consumptions.
I would think twice about your decision on fish next time or at least make sure the Tilapia comes from South or Central America. The problem is that the amount of Tilapia sourced from China to the US is ten times the amount that comes from Latin America. So if you are a Tilapia fan, it’s a fair assumption that you are getting Tilapia CO.
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