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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    What if it says this?


    Would that be the same as using Sodium Tripolyphosphate? or would it be safe?

    Edit... Research says:

    Carbon monoxide-treated fish is safe to eat, but the treatment does deprive consumers of visual cues about the freshness and handling of the seafood they’re buying. And that could be especially important when the fish comes from China, where aquaculture is poorly regulated.

    While it is illegal to sell fish treated with carbon monoxide in the European Union, it is permissible in the United States. Consumer groups and producers of genuinely fresh tilapia filets, generally farmed in Latin America, object to the practice, saying it is deceptive.
    It is unclear how much of what appears to be fresh tilapia on American fish counters was previously frozen. Chinese fish farms say they treat frozen fish with carbon monoxide because American importers request it, although there is a move to ban the practice.


    Probably best to not feed it to them...
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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    The carbon monoxide treatment shouldn't be harmful. More significant on that pack would be the country of origin.
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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    China... so may as well not buy it then? Lol
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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxrun402 View Post
    China... so may as well not buy it then? Lol

    I would say DON'T BUY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxrun402 View Post
    China... so may as well not buy it then? Lol
    Tell me about it. I will never knowingly eat anything that's ever been in China, let alone produced there.

    You mean to tell me you can't get decent tilapia where you are Jonathan? It's everywhere here except walmart. Their stuff isn't fresh and is usually laced with preservatives but just about anyone else has fresh tilapia produced in the U.S. or Mexico. I get 12 oz which is enough for all my snakes to get a meal, for just over $4 and the fillets are vacuum sealed individually and ingredients say "Tilapia and water" although I don't see any extra water, just moist fillets. Any store owned by Kroger should have them. I get them at Fred Meyer.

    If they have to use CO to keep the color, the stuff's probably older than I am LoL

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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    Jonathan, you have 3 Hy-Vee stores in Lincoln. I get my tilapia at my local Hy-Vee. Just a note, pick the fillets you want. They keep it too long in the hopes it will sell. If it looks greyish or looks slimy, don't buy it.

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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    Quote Originally Posted by guidofatherof5 View Post
    If it looks greyish or looks slimy, don't buy it.
    Or tell them what it's for and do buy it but insist on half price. I really don't think it matters to the snakes. Just freeze it immediately and mark it for snakes only. Seasonally, sometimes I go around to several places and get the fins and scrap free. Plenty of good meat on some of it and the snakes don't care even if it's on the verge of spoiling. I see them eating rotten fish all the time in the wild. Some fishermen leave scrap on the bank in Centralia and I walk up to find a dozen pugets eating that rotten stuff when the smell of it makes me gag.

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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    Quote Originally Posted by ConcinnusMan View Post
    Or tell them what it's for and do buy it but insist on half price. I really don't think it matters to the snakes. Just freeze it immediately and mark it for snakes only. Seasonally, sometimes I go around to several places and get the fins and scrap free. Plenty of good meat on some of it and the snakes don't care even if it's on the verge of spoiling. I see them eating rotten fish all the time in the wild. Some fishermen leave scrap on the bank in Centralia and I walk up to find a dozen pugets eating that rotten stuff when the smell of it makes me gag.

    You are right Richard. I was thinking more about me handling/smelling it when I cut it up.
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    Re: A note concerning pre-packaged frozen fish

    Yeah, I wouldnt feed them rotten fish for the simple fact that it smells pretty much the same when it comes out the other end, but it definitely won't hurt them. If your tilapia is fresh it will be nice and white (except for a darker stripe where the spine(?) was) and it definitely won't be slimy and has a barely detectable fish smell. Shouldn't smell strong, be dark, or be slimy. just wet.

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