Chilean salmon are covered with antibiotics and are at risk of becoming a hotbed for the super-resistant bacterium 'Super Bug'

It has been pointed out that if the antibiotic-resistant bacterium 'Superbug' rages, it poses a great threat to humankind. While it is said that the abuse of antibiotics produces super bugs, it is pointed out that several times the amount of antibiotics administered to livestock is administered to farmed salmon in Chile, which may become a hotbed for producing super bugs. It has been.

Chile's salmon farms may use more antibiotics than any other meat industry. That's a big problem. --Ocean

Norway is the world's number one salmon farmer and Chile is the world's number two. Cheap Chilean salmon are in demand all over the world and are often found in Japanese supermarkets. However, according to a 2017 Oceana survey report , Chilean salmon farms administer up to 950 grams of antibiotics per ton of salmon. In Norway, the amount of antibiotics given per ton of salmon is only 0.17 grams, which gives a good idea of how much antibiotics are given to farmed salmon in Chile. In addition, even in pig farms, which are often mentioned as a spearhead due to the super bug problem caused by large doses of antibiotics, the amount of antibiotics administered per ton of pigs is 172 grams, so Chilean farmed salmon are 'antibiotics'. You can see that it is in 'pickled'.

In addition to the amount of antibiotics, structural problems have been pointed out that the morphology of salmon farms can become a hotbed for super bugs. At Chilean salmon farms, large numbers of salmon are bred in cages covered with circular nets and grown large on food. For this reason, in aquaculture farms where salmon are densely packed, there is a lot of contact between salmon, and once a super bug occurs, it will spread in a blink of an eye. Since the superbug itself is thought to be caused by new genetic mutations caused by contact between different bacteria, it is given food containing antibiotics, and other disinfectant chemicals are also scattered, and it is covered with feces. Oceana points out that the environment inside the cage is 'the best recipe for creating super bugs.'

Large amounts of antibiotics have been used in Chilean salmon farms a few years ago due to the outbreak of salmon with a collective bacterial disease called 'Piscirickettsiosis'. is. In order to deal with this, a large amount of an antibiotic for animals called

florfenicol is being administered. According to essayist Kinomi Kikuchi, who lives in the Patagonia region of Chile, local Chileans never eat Chilean salmon .

Since the current state of being covered with antibiotics has become known, there has been a movement to eliminate Chilean salmon, such as handling only salmon cultivated in European countries at Whole Foods, a high-end supermarket in the United States. However, even if you try to defend yourself by avoiding the purchase of Chilean salmon fillets, the country of origin notation on processed foods is very loose, and simply sprinkling the sauce on the salmon will make the production area unreasonable. Therefore, it is difficult to completely avoid Chilean products. Since it is impossible to completely grasp the origin of the ingredients in the restaurant, it can be said that 'never eat Chilean salmon' is impossible unless 'you do not eat the salmon itself'.

Chilean salmon are cheap and have export destinations all over the world. When a type of super bug that is transmitted from person to person occurs, it seems that it is difficult for sushi lovers to stop the infection because the infection route will spread all over the world just by going on an overseas trip. It seems that the only effective way is to ask the Chilean salmon farming industry for information disclosure and to continue to exert persistent pressure to curb the use of antibiotics.

in Science,   Junk Food, Posted by darkhorse_log