Transcript for Will Shrimp Safety Questions Pose Jumbo Problem for Trade Deal?
Back with health concerns about the shrimp we eat. A new report finds much of what ends up on our plates is not inspected by the government and our chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross here with that. That's right. Only a tiny am of shrimp coming into the country, less than 4%, are ever inspected or tested for filth, bacteria or illegal chemicals from the food and drug administration and now some fear the situation is about to get worse. America is on a shrimp binge, fried shrimp, barbecued shrimp, shrimp cocktail. 90% of this country's shrimp comes from overseas, and now there is concern from food safety advocates that a vote tomorrow in congress about a new trade treaty could lead to lower U.S. Inspection standards for shrimp coming in from southeast Asia. Our standards will be lower. That is what the risk is. Reporter: As it is, there's a problem. According to consumer reports, 55% of shrimp from southeast Asia they purchased at leading American supermarkets and then tested had some amount of bacteria. So a lot of bad stuff potentially is getting through. That's correct. Reporter: The negotiations for the new pacific trade treaty have been conducted in secret but food safety advocates believe it will require U.S. And asian safety rules to be standardized or harmonized. The problem is that when you negotiate your standards and lower them in order to achieve that harmony, you are, in fact, undermining the integrity of your standards. Reporter: The white house claims the agreement will not lower U.S. Health standards but will instead raise them for the farms in Asia which ship hundreds of tons of shrimp to American consumers every year. The white house has pledged to eventually make the trade agreement public, but not before congress votes on it tomorrow to give president Obama the authority to broker the secret deal, George. A lot of controversy over whether the trade agreement will make it better or worse. What should people do? Cooking shrimp will kill most of the filth and bacteria. When you handle raw shrimp be sure to wash your hands because that can stay on your hands and you can spread it. Makes a lot of sense, Bryan,
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