Shellfish, A Healthy Food

If not spiced with lead and cadmium

Dustan Hoffman, President at Crown Prince, Inc, Prop 65 violator, lead offender

Dustan Hoffman, President at Crown Prince, Inc, Prop 65 violator, lead offender

Oysters, clams, mussels, fresh or canned—I’d eat any, to the extent where they became my staples, on top of every salad or clam chowder. I know they are high in proteins, low in fats, they keep me lean and muscly and support my six-days-a-week exercise regimen. They are good for me. Or are they?

Five biggest manufacturers of shellfish were caught in litigation and settled for millions of dollars for selling heavily contaminated products with lead and cadmium. One would think that litigation alone would stop them from doing it ever again. Wrooong, as our crude President says.

The corporations, all of them, moved on and… oops, they did it again.

HealthyLivinG Foundation has been testing canned shellfish products since 2013 and, based on over 100 results of products being sold in supermarkets in California, and initially sued on behalf of California five major brands of canned shellfish for selling products that allegedly violated the state’s 1986 Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Chemical Act.

HealthyLivinG Foundation bought in grocery stores and lab-tested:

Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee, Polar, JFE Shoji and Crown Prince-  Proposition 65 violation lead oysters

Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee, Polar, JFE Shoji and Crown Prince- Proposition 65 violation lead oysters

Chicken of the Sea, Bumble Bee, Polar, JFE Shoji and Crown Prince—each entered into consent judgments requiring consumer warnings that their products contain unacceptably high amounts of lead. Many of the products had contamination concentrations exceeding the levels of the heavy metal found in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan.

LEAD RISK
Lead is known to cause cancer and reproductive defects. It also causes hypertension, violent behavior and dementia. Lead accumulates in bones and is almost wholly absorbed by the fetus during pregnancy, lowering a baby’s IQ besides posing additional long-term behavioral and neurological risks.
CEOs violators cosi shoji_MV polar wall of shame .JPG

CEOs violators cosi shoji_MV polar wall of shame .JPG

At first, the defendants argued that those levels of toxins are not dangerous because you and I would only eat shellfish once or twice a year. But, besides the government data, their own sales numbers in many millions defied that one. And, one portion was quite enough to produce a birth defect in a fetus.

The second line of defense was that the toxins occurred naturally, in nature, i.e. the Chinese Sea, and not as a result of human pollution. Nature laughed, naturally. Judge tried not to.

Third, they demanded to consolidate their cases to form an armored front against a mere charity and intimidate a watchdog, the HealthyLivinG Foundation. Here they finally succeeded. Judge had to grant them that.

However, all the accumulated corporate might failed in a spectacular fashion to help the alleged offenders a jolt and it finally naturally occurred that every giant ended up paying a hefty fine along with legal expenses (see Attorney General website).

But the biggest surprise is that all Big Five, after the litigation, continued selling seafood without warning. And all five are caught again in new Notices of Violation.

Do you think they should pay the same amount of fines this time? Or twice as much? Ten times as much? How much is the value of your risk of cancer or dementia? Or birth defects and neurological problems in your children? Write us below what you think.

Read more about HLF’s fight for your natural right to live a healthy long life—and to know what’s in your product. Learn about the mission or donate to the cause at www.HealthyLivinGFoundation.US


DID YOU KNOW?
Selling food with ANY amount of lead, cadmium, pesticides or other cancerogens or allergens is perfectly legal in the US. With a small exception of Proposition 65 of California. However, the latter does not prohibit the sale of ANY amount of chemical contaminants either: it only requires a fine-print warning on the label.

KNOW YOUR SHELLFISH

Crown Prince Fancy Whole Smoked Oysters

Chicken of the Sea Whole Oysters

Bumble Bee Premium Select Fancy Smoked Oysters

Polar Oysters Fancy Whole

Geisha Fancy Smoked Oysters in Cottonseed Oil

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