mrmeval

Swai ballet

Jun 24th, 2017
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  1. Fish from Vietnam
  2.  
  3. I've eaten Swai and liked it so I did some searching on it and found
  4. nothing bad about it at that time but my search was shallow and it
  5. appears there was an intense marketing drive which shoved data out of
  6. reach for a time. Gaming google is difficult but not impossible, it's
  7. easier to pay them buckets of cash for better results for whatever
  8. drivel you're shilling. I've no idea which was done but the end result
  9. was to mask out any problem with fish from Vietnam.
  10.  
  11. When I'd found out where Swai is from I have declined to eat more. I'd
  12. intended to check to see if my assumptions were correct but I neglected
  13. to do so and forgot about it. I was reminded to check again from a post
  14. by a friend.
  15.  
  16. It seems that on the coast of Vietname in 2016 a steel mill dumped toxic
  17. chemicals directly into the ocean through a sewer pipe they'd installed.
  18. 300 tons of chemicals. A massive fish kill occurred and the Vietnamese
  19. government and the mill did nothing for a time other than a government
  20. ban on ocean fishing in the contaminated area. This is 20 miles from the
  21. coast and 125 miles of shore line.
  22.  
  23. "The government said the factory mixed up a toxic cocktail when it
  24. dumped phenols, iron hydroxide and cyanide into the sea. Hanoi is still
  25. monitoring water quality offshore and has not declared the water safe
  26. for fishing within 20 nautical miles of the coast." --rfa.org article
  27. about the mill admitting fault and the government's press release.
  28.  
  29. Fact about steelmaking: In 1st world steel making water is used to
  30. clean out cyanides from blast furnace exit gas. The cyanides are
  31. an unavoidable waste product of steelmaking. The water can be
  32. reused several times and when testing determines it's no longer
  33. usable the water needs to be processed to remove or neutralize
  34. the cyanides and make it safe to return to the water source.
  35. This is according to Metrohm the maker of an automated cyanide
  36. lab-in-a-box test device. This device is designed to ensure
  37. discharge water complies with the very strict regulations in the
  38. EU. It allows testing of the water to ensure it is scrubbing out
  39. the cyanides and when the water is spent and needs further processing.
  40.  
  41. The fishing ban devastated the local fishermen and they and millions of
  42. people along the coast cannot be made whole without compensation. While
  43. the mill has agreed to pay $500 million that will not be enough. I'm not
  44. clear if that is in Vietnamese dong (sic) which is $22030.00 or if the
  45. article used the dollar sign correctly and it's actually a half billion
  46. US. Even if it is half a billion US dollars it would not be enough.
  47.  
  48. In building the steel mill the graft and corruption were evident, by
  49. government, the Taiwanese plant owner, other contractors like Samsung
  50. etc. Worker saftey was a joke. Then there was a major riot where several
  51. hundred Filipino and Thai workers fought for 8 hours with rocks,
  52. firebombs and whatever else they could get their hands on on. Fight took
  53. place Sept 5 1999.
  54.  
  55. It appears the graft and corruption are not much different now than then
  56. as the steel mill is still in operation and there has been no
  57. prosecutions for violating Vietnamese laws.
  58.  
  59. Then there's Swai. It's a river fish that's deadly if you catch and eat
  60. it due to the toxic sewer that is the Mekong river and delta. While the farm
  61. raised can be good they screw that up regularly enough that the US
  62. requires testing which may not be done and contaminated fish can end up
  63. in groceries. Aldi is the latest victim I could find where the testing
  64. was not done but no illness or fatalities have been reported.
  65.  
  66. So no fish from Vietnam until they quit being a 4th world country. I'll
  67. just put them right there with the Chinese who make 'soy' sauce from
  68. human hair and toxic chemicals.
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