The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights barred imports of Vietnamese pangasius on January 31 until further notice. Russian inspectors in December found unacceptable levels of antibiotics and hormones. The Russian government also found E. coli and listeria in fish products from almost half of the Vietnamese exporting farms, which included 16 out of 35 facilities, according to the Itar-Tass news service.
The catfish-like pangasius (commonly marketed as basa, tra and swai) has also been shunned by several other importers in Europe due to antibiotics and other additives. Use of antibiotics in such foods can result in development of drug-resistant bacteria, rendering the drugs ineffective to treat serious illnesses in humans.
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