Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Sedikit Informasi yg saya dapat dari teman.

"Please share this forwarded article with your family! It is called Sutchi and I saw many housewives snatching up the fish at supermarkets as they are really reasonably priced. The fish looks good but read the article and you will be shocked.My colleague who deals with seafood confirmed that this is true. This product is from Vietnam and unless you know the right supplier which most of us won't, so be safe!

Hi all:Sutchi is sold in Singapore supermarkets and I've got a stinking feeling its the same thing!To be 100% sure that we're not eating Pangas, better not order fish n chips when eating out!! "

Do you eat this frozen fish called Pangas ?
( Pangasius, Vietnamese River Cobbler, White Catfish, Gray Sole )

Industrially farmed in Vietnam along the Mekong River , Pangas or whatever they're calling it, has only been recently introduced to the French market. However, in a very short amount of time, it has grown in popularity in France . The French are slurping up Pangas like it's their last meal of soup noodles. They are very, very affordable (cheap), are sold in filets with no bones and they have a neutral (bland) flavor and texture; many would compare it to cod and sole, only much cheaper. But as tasty as some people may find it, there's, in fact, something hugely unsavory about it. I hope the information provided here will serve as very important information for you and your future choices. Here's why I think it is better left in the shops (and not on your dinner plates):

1. Pangas are teeming with high levels of poisons and bacteria. ( industrial effluents, arsenic, and toxic and hazardous by-products of the growing industrial sector, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT and its metabolites (DDTs), metal contaminants, chlordane-related compounds (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexane isomers (HCHs), and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) ). The reasons are that the Mekong River is one of the most polluted rivers on the planet and this is where pangas are farmed and industries along the river dump chemicals and industrial waste directly into it. To Note: a friend lab tests these fish and tells us to avoid eating them due to high amounts of contamination. Regardless of the reports and recommendations against selling them, the supermarkets still sell them to the general public knowing they are contaminated.

2. They freeze Pangas in contaminated river water.

3. Pangas are not environmentally sustainable, a most unsustainable food you could possibly eat - 'Buy local' means creating the least amount of environmental harm as possible. This is the very opposite end of the spectrum of sustainable consumerism. Pangas are raised in Vietnam . Pangas are fed food that comes from Peru ( more on that below ), their hormones ( which are injected into the female Pangas ) come from China . ( More about that below ) and finally, they are transported from Vietnam to France . That's not just a giant carbon foot print, that's a carbon continent of a foot print.

4. There's nothing natural about Pangas - They're fed dead fish remnants and bones, dried and ground into a flour, from South America , manioc ( cassava ) and residue from soy and grains. This kind of nourishment doesn't even remotely resemble what they eat in nature. But what it does resemble is the method of feeding mad cows ( cows were fed cows, remember? ). What they feed pangas is completely unregulated so there are most likely other dangerous substances and hormones thrown into the mix. The pangas grow at a speed light ( practically! ) : 4 times faster than in nature¡Kso it makes you wonder what exactly is in their food? Your guess is as good as mine.

5. Pangas are Injected with Hormones Derived from Urine - I don't know how someone came up with this one out but they've discovered that if they inject female Pangas with hormones made from the dehydrated urine of pregnant women, the female Pangas grow much quicker and produce eggs faster ( one Panga can lay approximately 500,000 eggs at one time ). Essentially, they're injecting fish with hormones ( they come all of the way from a pharmaceutical company in China ) to speed up the process of growth and reproduction. That isn't good. Some of you might not mind eating fish injected with dehydrated pee, so if you don't, good for you, but just consider the rest of the reasons to NOT eat it..

6. You get what you pay for - and then some. Don't be lured in by insanely cheap price of Pangas. Is it worth risking your health and the health of your family?

7. Buying Pangas supports unscrupulous, greedy evil corporations and food conglomerates that don't care about the health and well-being of human beings. They only are concerned about selling as many pangas as possible to unsuspecting consumers. These corporations only care about selling and making more money at whatever cost to the public.

8. Pangas will make you sick - If ( for reasons in #1 above ) you don't get immediately ill with vomiting, diarrhea and effects from severe food poisoning, congratulations, you have an iron stomach! But you're still ingesting POISON not poisson.

Final important note:
Because of the prodigious amount of availability of Pangas, be warned that they will certainly find their way into other foods: surimi ( those pressed fish things, imitation crab sticks ), fish sticks, fish terrines, and probably in some pet foods. ( Warn your dogs and cats and hamsters and gerbils and even your pet fish! )

So, when you do your next round of shopping of frozen fish,or eating out at cafes / food stalls by choosing fish-&-chips, think twice !!You have been warned !!!

"Wallahu Alam"



case psl white catfish ni pon mmg dah lame glemer kat US sbb Walmart antara pengedar utama die...dan orang heboh psl ikan ni dah dicemari toksin...

Anonymous said...

Bro Rozzan,

huh this is another useful information too. Well my niece juz came back from Ho Chin Minh City, Vietnam last mth a few days b4 Hari Raya organised by her school cum study trip, she told me it's not a good place to go there (indah khabar dari rupa....well not trying to condemn that place or whatever but stating the fact)

used to eat Dory or Sutchi whatever they named it but dislike eating it after a few times. Entah kenapa tekak terasa lain pula setelah dimasak. sekarang dah tak minat langsung dengan ikan dory or sutchi.

Anonymous said...

Hi Bro Rozzan!
If what is said in your blog about this sutchi fish is true, I wonder why our efficient Government has not banned the import and sale of this fish to Singaporeans!!
As for me I do not like this fish from long time ago as my taste buds cannot get used to this fish. However my children do take them!

Anonymous said...

bro rozzan,
there's a blog article from a journalist in vietnam abt this check the website, ya.


BR said...

Hi r@tn@

Oh is it?. Actually, apa pun berita di lelaman internet mengenai sesuatu perkara tu, kita haruslah "take with a pinch of salt". Whether nak percaya atau tak, its anyone prerogative. Tapi its better to be safe than sorrylah kan. Thanx fr the info sis.

BR said...

Hi sophie,

Its the same with my missus. She doesnt take to the taste (or the lack of it) of the dory fish. She used to cook them but for the children but I guess for now, I'll just have to wait for more latest news on this.

BR said...

Hi Bro Aminali,

Well, its anyone guess. You may be tip top & efficient but what does the "milk" scandal in China tells us?

I'm sure everyone now knows abt China's melamine-tainted milk powder ya.

BR said...

Hi anonymous,

Thanx, I've read the forum on these dory or pangas. It really gives many insights into this issue.

Well as I said in my earlier reply to ratna, sometimes we'll have to take info on the internet "with a pinch of salt". That's why I ended my entry with "Wallahu Alam" - Hanya Tuhan saja yg Mengetahui.

Anonymous said...

hi bro.........ada byk lg benda racun ei halal atau tidak yg kita makan. becareful dgn ikan air tawar ....baung, keli etc ini pun makan benda yg samada racun atau pun benda haram...dis one im sure sbb my relative ada kolam ternaknye. supplier mknan ikan ni akan tanya nk yg murah tp x halal atau yg mahal tp pikir la manada org nk tmbah operation cost...itu belum kira lag mkn2 d end x de yg selamat utk dmakan.

Anonymous said...

if you choose to eat frozen fish, then serves you right! why anyone would buy frozen fish is beyond me!

Anonymous said...

If the fish is so bad and toxic, why it is being allowed to sold in the market?