34-1/2 Tons Of Catfish Recalled By Itta Bena Company

Chicot Memorial

ITTA BENA, MS (Ben Caxton) — An Itta Bena fish farming operation has been forced to recall thirty-four and a half tons of catfish products. The items were shipped in mid-February to retail stores in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, and Vermont. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said the items, produced by Itta Bena’s Heartland Catfish Company, were contaminated with a chemical called “leucomalachite green”. The chemical is a topical fungicide used to treat external fungal and parasitic infections in fish and is also used as a fish hatchery disinfectant. Though there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, it has been banned in several countries, including the U.S. and Canada, due to reported mutagenic properties.



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