Monday Moaning

Panga

What is a “panga”?

The truth about the panga will turn your stomach

It’s a fish. One that is exported from Vietnam, raised in one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The Mekong River has been called a poisonous soup and the toilet of Asia running from China through Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam carrying all the industrial and social effluent from each country.

The polluted Mekong River, a major waterway and the home of the panga

Images: Folha da Manhã a Brazilian newspaper in Portuguese

Not only are the fish raised in highly polluted water, but they are injected with Chinese made hormones derived from the urine of pregnant women.

There is nothing good to say about this issue.

Don’t Eat this fish: Pterogymnus laniarius (Pangas, Pangasius, Vietnamese River Cobbler, White Catfish, Gray Sole, Pacific Dory, Pacific Roughy, Finny Scad, Hardtail Scad, Finletted Mackerel.) It’s almost an industry to invent new names to circumvent import restrictions and consumer awareness.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Alex Jones on August 5, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    The best advice is eat locally produced foods, so you know where the food came from.

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    • >Alex, through corporations often the local fish aren’t available because they are exported and we get these imports. Eating local fish here in Brazil is still viable, but local is more expensive, and there are a lot of Brazilians who are on the breadline, so cheap panga is an option.

      AV

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