Official: Tainted Chinese catfish safe to eat

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The director of the Mississippi Poison Control Center says Chinese catfish tainted with outlawed antibiotics pose no threat to those who eat it.

Doctor Robert Cox is so sure of that fact, he'd feed the fish to his family.

Contaminated catfish has been pulled from supermarket shelves all over the state after tainted samples were found by officials.

Lester Spell, the state's Agriculture and Commerce commissioner, says hundreds of grocery stores have been inspected and that many have removed the fish from sale voluntarily after hearing test results.

Earlier this month tests by officials found ciprofloxacin and enrofloxacin, members of the fluoroquinolones family of antibiotics, which are banned for use in the United States.

But Cox, a medical toxicologist who works as an emergency room physician at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, says a person would have to eat 220,000 pounds of the fish to get a full adult dose of the antibiotic.

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