Why Cook Up an Invasive Catfish for Dinner? | Lexicon of Food

Catfish as food (4,6) crossword clue was found in Guardian Quick on Friday November 6, 2015
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The question therefore arises whether the Agency should propose a definition of “slaughter” that would encompass various methods of killing catfish for food and that would ensure that catfish that died otherwise than by slaughter would not be used for food. FSIS's tentative view is that it should. Thus, it has proposed to define “slaughter,” with respect to catfish, as intentional killing under controlled conditions. FSIS requests comment on this proposed definition, and on whether there is a need for it.
Product. Any carcass, catfish, catfish product, or catfish food product, capable of use as human food.
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(b) Inspection under the regulations is required at: (1) Every establishment, except as provided in the regulation on exemption of retail operations (§ 532.3), in which any catfish or catfish products are wholly or in part, processed for transportation or sale in commerce, as articles intended for use as human food. This catfish is one of the fish species that has been used as food in Southeast Asia since ancient times.
Photo provided by FlickrCatfish are easy to farm in warm climates, leading to inexpensive and safe food at local grocers
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Consume a serving of catfish, and you take in 40 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin B-12. As a B vitamin, the vitamin B-12 in catfish is critical to aiding your body in the breakdown of the foods you eat into usable energy, but this vitamin has other functions as well. Without enough vitamin B-12 in your diet, your nerve function suffers, and you might become lethargic.Known for their long barbells that resemble the whiskers on cats, catfish use their senses of taste, smell and touch to find suitable food. Catfish are a very diverse group of fish, and they exhibit great diversity in their feeding behaviors. While many species are scavengers or herbivorous, a few species grow into gigantic behemoths, that are capable of swallowing fish and other large prey whole.Eat this instead: Stick with domestic, farm-raised catfish, advises Marianne Cufone, director of the Fish Program at Food & Water Watch. It's responsibly farmed and plentiful, making it one of the best fish you can eat. Or, try Asian carp, an invasive species with a similar taste to catfish that's out-competing wild catfish and endangering the Great Lakes ecosystem.Most catfish species have small eyes and primarily find food by using their barbells, sense of smell and sense of taste. Most species are omnivorous and consume a wide variety of foods -- typical catfish eat things like other fish, invertebrates, aquatic plants and fish eggs. However, some catfish, such as some species in the family Loricariidae, specialize on strange foods, such as wood and algae. Other catfish are parasitic and feed on the blood of other fish. Scientists have documented giant catfish, such as the European wels, consuming rodents, frogs and aquatic birds in addition to their typical prey species.Why it's bad: Imported shrimp actually holds the designation of being the dirtiest of the "dirty dozen," says Cufone, and it's hard to avoid, as 90% of shrimp sold in the U.S. is imported. "Imported farmed shrimp comes with a whole bevy of contaminants: antibiotics, residues from chemicals used to clean pens, filth like mouse hair, rat hair, and pieces of insects," Cufone says. "And I didn't even mention things like E. coli that have been detected in imported shrimp." Part of this has to do with the fact that less than 2% of ALL imported seafood (shrimp, crab, catfish, or others) gets inspected before its sold, which is why it's that much more important to buy domestic seafood. (Read more about and how to make the best choices for your dinner table.)Although he may eat a few, the male catfish guards the eggs and newly hatched fry until they are strong enough to go out on their own in search of food. Before cat and reach maturity, they hunt for foods they can easily capture and consume. Worms and other small invertebrates -- animals lacking a backbone -- are a prime food source for young catfish. This prey mostly includes the aquatic larvae of insects, such as dragonfly nymphs, caddis fly larvae and hellgrammites. Young catfish diets also include small crayfish.