Company latest to test market for carp
When they arrive at the processing plant, the fish that have been cursed as a menace to American lakes and rivers are raked onto a conveyer belt, some of them still flopping.
Brought by the boatload to this facility north of St. Louis, the Asian carp quickly meet a gruesome fate: They are ground to a bloody pulp in a maze of machines that churn their bony bodies into dehydrated meal and fish oil.
A company called American Heartland Fish Products is the latest to venture into the small but growing business of carp-rendering, and their experiment offers another test of whether private enterprise can help reduce invasive species by turning them into food, be it for humans or more likely livestock.
For plant workers, purging the nation’s waterways of carp that muscle out native fish for food and habitat isn’t about balancing nature. It’s strictly about making money.
“The government wants this fish removed in large volumes, and this is the way to do it,” said Gray Magee, chief executive of the company, which began processing the carp in April atop a bluff near Grafton, a tiny tourist hamlet perched along the banks where the Mississippi and Illinois rivers meet.
What's worse than Ebola? Fake Ebola prevention drugs sold online
Ebola medications sold online are ineffective, and could even be dangerous, according to a new warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Ebola deaths in western Africa have now passed 1,000, with no end in sight for the epidemic.
Officials from the FDA stated they received several complaints from consumers of Ebola remedies sold on websites. Some claims were focused on products claiming to prevent the disease, while others were unsubstantiated cures.
"There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for Ebola available for purchase on the Internet. By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease," the Food and Drug Administration reported in a press release.
Individuals and corporations manufacturing and selling herbal supplements with claims the substances prevent or cure disease are required by law to cease from such statements or face FDA prosecution.
The first Ebola outbreak took place in 1976, near the Ebola River in Zaire, currently known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The disease spreads over the population of the region every year, although the means of transmission between people remains a mystery. The virus is not water-borne, nor is it carried through food, according to researchers. Contamination routes are only effective for the virus between body fluids, including open wounds and needles.