Low-cal and a great source of lean protein, shrimps have a very healthy hook. But some catches-of-the-day harbour a mix of pathogens, according to Consumer Reports.
About 16% of ready-to-eat packaged shrimp bought in the US tested positive for disease-causing bacterium, including vibrio and E. coli.
Why? According to the FDA, nearly all of supply in the US is imported from India, Vietnam, and Ecuador, where the critters are often raised in tanks or ponds swimming with chemicals, antibiotics, and— hungry yet?—faecal matter.
To eat clean, purchase only wild shrimp that’s been responsibly caught—check the fresh fish counter at Organic Foods & Café. Labels saying Natural or No Antibiotics may not be legitimate because there’s currently no law governing them.