Christine Blank

Contributing Editor

Christine Blank, a veteran freelance writer and editor, covers all aspects of the seafood industry, from fishing to processing to selling and serving the final product. When she is not writing for SeafoodSource, Christine gets to taste scrumptious seafood dishes at U.S. restaurants for her food and travel blog, Flavorful Excursions (www.flavorfulexcursions.net). Christine loves to eat seafood of any kind, but lobster, crab and crawfish are among her favorites. In addition to SeafoodSource.com and SeaFood Business, Christine’s articles have been published in hundreds of leading magazines and newspapers, such as The New York Times, USA Today and Associated Press.

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September 6, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning about oysters from an area of the U.S. state of Connecticut.

The FDA is advising consumers not to eat – and restaurants and food retailers not to sell – oysters harvested from the Groton approved area in Connecticut from 28 August through 30 August from dealers CT-393-SS, AQ, CT-004-SS, AQ, and CT-020-SS, AQ with lots, L-30 and L-26B1.

Sample results from those dealers and

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August 31, 2023

This year marks 75 years in business for Saint Simons Island, Georgia, U.S.A.-based seafood supplier SeaPak Shrimp and Seafood, and to celebrate three-quarters of a century in business, the company has released new packaging and a revamped logo.

“We are incredibly proud of the legacy that the SeaPak brand has built over the past 75 years,” said Ciera Womack, the director of marketing and seafood for the consumer brands division of

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August 31, 2023

Tuna suppliers and the National Fisheries Institute are praising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rule changing the industry-wide method of weighing tuna, which would amend both the standard fill of container and standard of identity for canned tuna products across the U.S.

The FDA action partially responds to a 2015 citizen petition submitted by Bumble Bee Foods, StarKist, and Tri-Union Seafoods (representing Chicken of

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August 30, 2023

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning retailers and restaurants in certain U.S. states about the possible presence of salmonella and E. coli. in cultured mussels from Glenfinnan, Prince Edward Island, Canada-based East River Shellfish.

On 21 August, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) tested mussel meats and discovered the presence of salmonella and high levels of generic E. coli in cultured mussels from East River Shellfish

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August 29, 2023

Americans have been seeking seafood, especially shrimp offerings, when choosing where to dine out this summer, according to foodservice research and consulting firm Datassential. 

In response, restaurants across the country have added new seafood dishes, mainly including shrimp appetizers and entrees.

“Seafood dishes – along with premium meats – are among the highest-scoring options for draw, meaning consumers would visit

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August 28, 2023

Raw Seafoods is capitalizing on growing consumer demand for ready-to-eat options by rolling out a new brand of products that executives believe will elevate and shake up the industry.

The Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood manufacturer and distributor’s new City Pier specialty line features high-quality, frozen, ready-to-cook entrees such as grilled shrimp, hot Italian and sweet Italian wild salmon meatballs, North Atlantic

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August 28, 2023

After announcing a price freeze on certain products in early June, Asda announced new price cuts on 425 branded and own-label products including fish fingers.

The third-largest U.K. supermarket chain said it is investing GBP 23 million (USD 29 million, EUR 27 million) to lower prices by an average of 11 percent on some of the most-popular products its customers buy weekly, including nappies, infant follow-on milk, bread, cheese, cereals, pasta,

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August 25, 2023

Toronto, Ontario, Canada-based Arctic Ocean International Trade recalled frozen vannamei shrimp due to undeclared sulfites.

Its recall covers 20-30 count frozen head-on, shell-on vannamei shrimp, which  were distributed to retailers in Ontario without a brand name attached. The production date on the 19-pound packages was 16 April, 2023, and they have an expiration date of 15 April, 2025.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued an

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August 25, 2023

A U.S. meal delivery service is touting seafood’s benefits to brain health in advertising its keto diet plans.

Burlingame, California, U.S.A.-based Nutrition for Longevity and Apollo Health recently launched the Bredesen Protocol Diet Ketoflex 12/3 meal delivery service across the U.S.

The nutrition plan was developed by neuroscientist and Alzheimer's researcher Dale Bredesen. The Ketoflex 12/3 diet helps optimize cognition through a

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August 24, 2023

After a tough start to the year, Miami, Florida, U.S.A-based Blue Star Foods, a crab importer and operator of a crab recirculating aquaculture system (RAS), continued to struggle financially in Q2 2023.

The company reported an operating loss of USD 1.1 million (EUR 1 million) in the second quarter ending 30 June, and a net loss of USD 1.5 million (EUR 1.4 million), it said in a press release. The company’s revenue fell to USD 1.7 million

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