Tilapia Lake Virus is decimating the popular farmed fish in Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel and Thailand.
Imported farmed tilapia, which is widely available in North Jersey markets and restaurants, is the second-most traded aquaculture species (after carp), and one of the world's most important fish for human consumption, according to SeafoodSource.com.
Tilapia Lake Virus "is a newly emerging and highly contagious virus associated with significant mortalities in tilapia, which is spreading among both farmed and wild stocks," according to the online report.
"The virus belongs to the same family of viruses as infectious salmon anemia, which has caused considerable losses to the salmon farming industry."
The report quotes the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization as saying the virus doesn't pose any risk to human health, "but the loss of fish through mortalities poses a concern for global food security and nutrition."
"The low price of tilapia, its omnivorous diet, tolerance to high-density farming methods; and previously strong resistance to disease help to make this fish an important protein source, especially in developing countries and for poorer consumers," says reporter Nicki Holmyard.
Until early October, the Teterboro Costco is offering fresh wild salmon as an alternative to artificially colored farmed salmon, most of which is raised with harmful human antibiotics.
Starting on Sunday, ShopRite supermarkets are offering fresh, free-range, grass-fed Australian Whole Beef Tenderloin for Filet Mignon at $6.99 a pound with a store card, a discount of $3 a pound.
Typically, the whole beef tenderloin from Nature's Reserve weighs 5 pounds or more. You can cut it into individual filet mignons or slice it thin for Korean-style barbecue, and freeze it for later use.
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