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When it comes to catfish, please buy American.

To be honest, I have never really thought about catfish. The fish markets and restaurants I frequent usually don’t have catfish on the menu.

Welcome to Arby's, Limejuiceboy. The usual? Or something different this time?

But from reading the related article, the catfish industry in the U.S. employs more than 13,000 people and contributes $4 billion a year to the economy. That is nothing to sneeze at.

Gesundheit

The problem here is that the cost of catfish feed has skyrocketed due to the rise in soybean and corn meal prices.

Another problem is Asia. Duh! With their cheaper labor costs and lack of adequate safety controls, they can import catfish at much lower prices. And that’s not good for the catfish farmers, who are seeing their livelihood disappear. It’s also not good for the consumer:

…tests on imported fish show levels of antibiotics that have been banned in America, along with other toxic compounds.

So please, when you’re at a restaurant and see catfish on the menu, make sure it’s USDA Certified. But no need to ask about that at Arby’s. You’re safe there.

-Siluriformesjuiceboy

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