Researchers find some imported fish contains cancer-causing chem - WNCN: News, Weather

Researchers find some imported fish contains cancer-causing chemical

Posted: Updated:
Using their poison detector, research with Appealing Products, on N.C. State's Centennial Campus, found fish imported from China was contaminated with formaldehyde. Using their poison detector, research with Appealing Products, on N.C. State's Centennial Campus, found fish imported from China was contaminated with formaldehyde.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Researchers in Raleigh say the Food and Drug Administration needs to better test food that is being consumed regularly in the U.S.

Using their poison detector, research with Appealing Products, on N.C. State's Centennial Campus, found fish imported from China was contaminated with formaldehyde. The fish was purchased from three different chains of grocery stores in Raleigh.

"A regular person should not consume this piece of fish," said researcher Jason Morton, who, along with Dr. A.J. Attar, invented the poison detector.

The poison detector that was developed by Appealing Products is an adaptation of the method recommended by the EPA, OSHA and the FDA for the analysis of formaldehyde, a banned toxic substance.

The researchers say they randomly tested fish from the U.S. and other countries. All were negative except 25 percent of the imported fish from China and Vietnam tested positive for formaldehyde.

"It can cause mutations that can lead to cancer [and] can cause birth defects," said researcher Ian Wright.

But formaldehyde is also a powerful preservative.

"Instead of fish spoiling in two to three days, it will last several weeks," Attar explained.

Attar said Appealing Products' attorneys have the company withholding where the researchers purchased the fish, and will only allow them to disclose that the grocers are located in Raleigh.

The FDA does not check imported foods for the presence of formaldehyde, which the human body can tolerate in small amounts. Less than 4 percent of all of the food imported into the U.S. is inspected by the FDA and less than 2 percent of imported perishable food is inspected, Appealing Products said.

Appealing Products said its system is a low cost, fast detector of the poison, and researchers said consumers should put pressure on the FDA to better test food coming into the country.

RELATED LINKS

Melanie Sanders

Melanie anchors the 6 PM news. Her "What's Next" series features an engaging approach to storytelling and highlights the leaders in innovation who are shaping our future. Check it out HERE! More>>

  • NewsMore>>

  • US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

    US judge slaps $1.3B fine on Bank of America

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:14:28 GMT
    A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments.
    A federal judge imposed a $1.3 billion civil penalty against Bank of America on Wednesday for its role in selling risky mortgages to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were advertised as safe investments.
  • Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Suing Obama: GOP-led House gives the go-ahead

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:07:39 GMT
    Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.
    A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other...
  • Lawmakers in last-minute moves over NC budget

    Lawmakers in last-minute moves over NC budget

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:06:51 GMT
    File PhotoFile Photo
    Legislative budget-writers are toiling to finalize an annual spending plan for North Carolina government four days after announcing a deal and a day after leading lawmakers described its main points.Senate budget-writer Sen. Harry Brown says a finalized document won't be done until late Wednesday.
    Legislative budget-writers are toiling to finalize an annual spending plan for North Carolina government four days after announcing a deal and a day after leading lawmakers described its main points.Senate budget-writer Sen. Harry Brown says a finalized document won't be done until late Wednesday.
Powered by WorldNow

1205 Front St., Raleigh
N.C., 27609

Telephone: 919.836.1717
Fax: 919.836.1687
Email: newstips@wncn.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.