by Shannon Cay and Arkansas Radio Network
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Catfish farmers in Arkansas are fighting back against an effort to gut the country’s only safety inspection program, saying it would be a threat to the American public. One of the USDA programs mandated by the Farm Bill could be eliminated as Arkansas Senators approve Senate Joint Resolution 28 this week.
Chad Causey, with Catfish Farmers of America, says if this goes though, it means fish tainted with carcinogens and antibiotics could be sold here:
Causey says a food-safety scare that originates from a foreign import will damage the entire industry:
SJR 28 is being opposed by a group of lawmakers who have sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, asking that the House not take the issue up.He says letting in imports of potentially toxic fish from Asia also could hurt Arkansas’ economy. 94 percent of the catfish raised in the U-S comes from Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi.