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How to Buy Shrimp that Isn't Floating in Feces

Keep hearing shrimp is dirty or that fishing for it hurts the environment? You don't have to stop eating it entirely.
Jonathon Kambouris

"Shrimp is a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids,” says Kristy Del Coro, a senior culinary nutritionist for food-watchdog group SPE Certified. But not all shrimp is created equal, she adds, so you need to buy wisely. Some facts:

There are two types of shrimp: farmed and wild-caught. Farmed is raised mainly in Asia—often in filthy waters—so it can be full of germs and parasites (Consumer Reports recently found harmful bacteria, like E. coli, in 60% of raw imported farmed shrimp) and/or antibiotics, disinfectants, and pesticides.

Wild-caught shrimp isn’t farmed in floating feces (!) or given antibiotics/pesticides, but nets can damage sea floors and catch other species, like sea turtles.

How to Buy Shrimp

- Under our Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law, fresh seafood must be labeled farmed or wild-caught. Opt for wild-caught, preferably from the U.S. or Canada, where the fisheries are the best regulated.

- Buy only shrimp labeled safe by one of these orgs: Marine Stewardship Council, Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Naturland, or Whole Foods Market Responsibly Farmed.

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