Unclean Shrimp

Much of the shrimp imported into North America does not meet food and safety standards.

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Over the past decade, cheap shrimp has become increasingly popular in North America, with the majority of the product being shipped to the US and Canada from Asia. But a recent investigation conducted by the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and reported on by The Globe and Mail found that the shrimp industry creates vast detriments on the environment through coral reef and mangrove destruction, is responsible for labor abuse, and is forms health concerns for consumers. Seafood import inspectors have found that much of the shrimp coming from Thailand, one of the leading exporters of the seafood, are filled with antibiotics that are illegal for food production in the US and Canada, making the prawns dangerous to eat.

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