. . . and this one's nauseating!
I've written before about the dangers of fish and shellfish sourced from South-East Asia and China, where impurities and pollution affect fish farm water and antibiotics and chemicals are routinely added to their food to promote faster growth and treat infections resulting from overcrowding. Now Virtual Mirage gives us an even better reason to avoid Mexican-farmed tilapia.
While working in Mexico I found that some Beltran Leyva Cartel types were feeding people they killed to farmed tilapia in the Puerto Vallerta area to hide the bodies. Other disturbing reports indicated that the Arellano-Felix Cartel people were doing it in Northern Mexico as well to get rid of their rivals. Apparently tilapia enjoy the meal and grow even more rapidly with the steady supply of protein.
Most of these fish find their way to tables in Mexico and to tourist destinations along the Mexican Riviera, so buying and eating them in the US is likely cartel-influence free. Personally I've been put off on eating them.
Santiago “El Pozolero” (The soup maker) Meza Lopez became famous for the “El pozole” (Mexican meat soup), that he made of dead people, killed by the Arellano-Felix Family and later for the Sinaloa Cartel.
“El Pozolero” became famous because he was in charge of getting rid of the bodies of the war that was being fought in Tijuana over the drug routes towards the United States. Some of those bodies ended up being dissolved in caustic chemicals. Others made their way to the tilapia ponds because caustic chemicals cost money and the cartel owned tilapia ponds and could solve two problems at once.
I'm not suggesting that all Mexican tilapia are farmed using bodies of dead people as food. I'm not suggesting that even a small percentage of the tilapia raised in Mexico are farmed in that way. I'm simply saying that I refuse to eat ANY tilapia and that's why.
There's more at the link.
I seem to have suddenly lost my appetite for tilapia . . .