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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2020-04-09 14:25:00

On top of losing significant foodservice business due to COVID-19, a U.S. smoked salmon producer has had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in remedying Listeria monocytogenes. found at its plant.

Wallkill, New York-based company Catsmo LLC, which supplies Daniel Boulud Smoked Salmon and several other varieties, was warned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in late March about listeria samples found at its plant.

In a 25 March

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2020-04-09 09:30:00

A surge of “panic-buying” at supermarkets in the United Kingdom has subsided, but some experts are predicting another surge ahead of the Easter holiday weekend ... 

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2020-04-08 14:10:00

A newly-formed coalition of U.S. seafood industry organizations is launching a 12-week consumer marketing campaign to encourage Americans to eat more seafood during the coronavirus crisis.

The Seafood4Health Action Coalition includes 22 participating organizations, including the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute; Aquaculture Stewardship Council; Aquarium of the Pacific, Seafood for the Future; Chilean Salmon Marketing Council; Coastal Culinary

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2020-04-08 14:00:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is temporarily easing food labeling rules in order to help accelerate the shift of food supplies from restaurants and foodservice distributors to retailers.

A new agency guidance on menu labeling will also make it easier for restaurant chains and other foodservice outlets to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

For food manufacturers and restaurants that want to sell packaged food to consumers

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2020-04-07 14:00:00

While spending on groceries – including seafood – continues to soar in the U.S. forecasters warn of impending challenges caused by COVID-19 ... 

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2020-04-06 14:25:00

As frozen, fresh, and canned/pouched seafood sales continue to break records in the United States, consumers need help preparing the seafood they have purchased. To that end, the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is offering a new Instagram Live and video series – which started on 1 April – as well as a new resource on budget-friendly seafood options, and other materials.

“A bright side of this unfortunate public health

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2020-04-03 14:25:00

Sixteen United States food organizations are urging Congress to provide relief for their employees, including providing direct payments.

These “essential critical infrastructure” workers should be exempt from federal taxes and have immediate adjustments to their tax withholding or receive direct payments, the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), the United Fresh Produce Association, and several other groups said

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2020-04-02 13:50:00

Facing a marketplace that has been drastically changed in the span of less than two months by the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. seafood suppliers, distributors, restaurants, and wholesalers are adapting by switching up their sales methods.

A number of larger seafood companies have moved further into retail sales. Others are urging greater industry collaboration and a joint “Buy American” marketing effort. On the more local level, small-

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2020-04-01 14:00:00

U.S. restaurant operators’ woes continue as their dining rooms remain closed across the nation ... 

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2020-04-01 09:25:00

Blockchain is an important way to connect consumers to the food they eat and increase transparency and trust, Kvaroy Arctic CEO Alf-Gøran Knutsen told SeafoodSource.

To that end, the Norwegian farmed salmon producer is partnering with IBM Food Trust to enhance the traceability of its salmon, promote its salmon husbandry practices, and help foster trust across its supply chain.

Kvarøy is using IBM Food Trust’s blockchain-based

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