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Sparks Says Unapproved Substance Found In Fish Imports

Montgomery, AL – Alabama Agriculture and Industries Commissioner Ron Sparks has extended a two-year-old order banning the sale of untested fish from Vietnam and China in Alabama.

Sparks said Wednesday the new order comes after catfish from China and basa from Vietnam tested positive for an antibiotic used in humans, but not approved for fish.

Sparks said his department's labs found the substance after testing fish from China and Vietnam that were marked as having already been tested.

The antibiotic was also found in a small amount of fish imported from Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. The order banning sales was not immediately extended to those countries.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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