Seafood Industry News - Food Safety & Health


A drug originally derived from the liver of dogfish sharks could heal heart tissues damaged during heart attacks, according to a group of researchers in Maine. No other drug can currently do that, the group said.

The researchers from MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine tested the drug, called MSI-1436, on zebrafish and adult mice, two species separated by 450 million years of evolution. In both cases, the drug stimulated regeneration of tissues.

Zebrafish naturally regenerate...


Six individuals in China have been charged with doctoring a popular local fish with industrial chemicals to make it look better on the stalls of a major seafood wholesale market.

A suspect named only as Mr. Ma in local court reports opened a processing plant in the Chengyang district of Qingdao in July 2017 but later moved production to Weihai. Local police working on a tip-off tracked Ma from his plant to the Chengyang wholesale seafood market, where he and five accomplices were eventually...


Millions of pounds of lobster blood currently discarded at processing plants in Maine and Canada could soon serve another purpose as a skin cream to treat warts, shingles, age spots and other ailments, according to a University of Maine researcher who has filed a patent for lobster blood-based skin creams.

Bob Bayer, a professor at the University of Maine and director of the Lobster Institute, told SeafoodSource he grew interested in developing a lobster blood-based medicinal after learning...

China Seafood Market

Traces of malachite green, furacilinum and chloramphenicol have been picked up in retail samples of seafood by China’s National Food & Drug Administration (CFDA).

Furacilinum, also known as nitrofuran or vitrocin, is an antibacterial agent. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

A report on “Results of Examination of Seafood Products” published by the CFDA bureau in Shenyang, a major city in northern China, added that “unsuitable” traces were found...


Fatty acids like those found in fish could mitigate some of the effects of air pollution on human health, according to research published last month.

Increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids lowered inflammation caused by air pollution in mice, and will likely do the same for people, according to the researchers. The fatty acids worked both before and after exposure to the types of fine particles found in air pollution.

People would need to consume three to four grams of omega-3 fatty acids...

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