Consumers have been rapidly developing an interest in the produce they buy and put in their bodies. We have witnessed the rise of social media posts that “inform” people about good food that is both safe and unsafe to eat. One of the most controversial types of protein that has gained a bad reputation is the Mekong catfish or “basa.”


There have been posts claiming that the Mekong catfish is loaded with toxins that are dangerous to the body. They claim the fish have been swimming in the heavily polluted Mekong river and have absorbed tons of chemicals from nearby factories as well.

But according to Cinzia Cuneo of SOS Cuisine, the level of toxins that is present in the particular fish is similar to the levels found in Salmon or Tilapia, which we all know is well-loved by everyone. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has conducted inspections that assures them that there is no cause for panic with regards to the catfish.

Just like the controversy surrounding certain medical hormones and antibiotics in Europe, the presence of toxins are way below the permitted levels. But Cinzia gives a word of caution and reminds everyone to switch up the types of fish and meat they eat.

The catfish should not be the only source of protein found in a family’s diet to avoid the accumulation of the toxins inside fish. A little variety is always good to combat this disadvantage.

The medical advice above was taken from the sources provided below. Please consult a licensed medical practitioner before attempting any of the procedures cited in this article.

Do you think that the Mekong catfish is a deadly source of protein? Should people totally avoid it or do you trust that it doesn’t have high levels of toxins that can kill? Share your thoughts, reactions, and opinions in the comments section below!

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