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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Published on
October 6, 2022

Reston, Virginia, U.S.A.-based Starkist has officially debuted a new line of Smart Bowls, composed of wild-caught tuna, grains, and vegetables in a single-serve pouch.

Starkist, a subsidiary of South Korean conglomerate Dongwon Industries, has set the suggested retail price of the new products at USD 1.25 (EUR 1.28) per pouch.

The new line is “another example of how Starkist is continuing to expand beyond its well-known tuna product

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Published on
October 5, 2022

Americans are confused about what makes a food “sustainable” and only 19 percent have a lot of trust in the food and beverage industry to do what’s right, according to a new survey.

At least one in four consumers don’t know what makes products in the food and beverage industry sustainable. 

Separately, an independent GlobeScan survey conducted for the Marine Stewardship Council, found that many

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Published on
October 4, 2022

Hundreds of Sysco employees have gone on strike in the U.S. states of New York and Massachusetts, claiming unfair labor practices and protesting low wages.

About 230 warehouse workers and drivers walked off the job in Syracuse, New York, on 28 September, and around 300 workers walked off the job in Boston, Massachusetts, on 1 October.

Teamsters Local 317 members at Sysco Syracuse are striking “after weeks of contentious contract

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October 4, 2022

Albertsons announced it is relaunching the Waterfront Bistro brand and affirming its commitment to providing customers with high-quality, traceable seafood from environmentally and socially responsible sources as part of National Seafood Month.

Waterfront Bistro, which can be found at Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco and other Albertsons’ banners, features the Responsible Choice logo indicating that 100 percent of its seafood items

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Published on
September 30, 2022

Richibucto-Village, New Brunswick, Canada-based Oyster Kings Inc. is recalling several oyster products due to possible salmonella contamination.

The recalled products were sold in Ontario and Quebec and may have been distributed in other provinces and territories, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

“This recall was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency test results,” the agency said.

Recalled oysters include the

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Published on
September 30, 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposed new criteria for “healthy” labels on packaging, which industry insiders expect will increase seafood consumption.

The FDA’s proposed rule would align the definition of the “healthy” claim with current nutrition science, the updated Nutrition Facts label and the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

In order to include a “healthy”

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Published on
September 30, 2022

Seafood dealer Cuong D. Bui has been banned from working in the seafood industry during a probationary period as part of a sentence he received for for illegally buying and selling fish across state lines.

Bui pled guilty in June 2022 to illegally selling recreationally-caught snapper and king mackerel across state lines. Undercover agents and investigators uncovered 2,434 pounds of illegal fish ... 

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Published on
September 29, 2022

Chile’s seafood promotion board is targeting a very specific area of the United States in its latest campaign: its middle.

The “Chile on Board” campaign runs through 9 November in all of Giant Eagle’s 200 stores throughout the U.S. states of Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The promoted items include fresh and frozen salmon fillets, frozen mussels, ready-to-eat salmon products,

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Published on
September 27, 2022

U.S. government experts and seafood industry insiders discussed the best ways to boost U.S. seafood consumption at the Seafood Nutrition Partnership’s State of the Science Symposium in Washington, D.C. on 22 September.

Between 2012 and 2020, U.S. per-capita seafood consumption rose from 16.8 pounds 19 pounds – and with a U.S. dietary guideline of 26 pounds per capita, there are more gains to be had, SNP President Linda Cornish

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Published on
September 26, 2022

Houston, Texas, U.S.A.-based Fish Fixe, a direct-to-consumer premium seafood company, is celebrating National Seafood Month by challenging Americans to “swap their chicken for fish and reap the vast benefits.”

“We challenge Americans this October to change their weekday dinner routine and give seafood a try more often,” Fish Fixe Co-Founder and CEO Melissa Harrington said.Instead of turning to chicken on a Tuesday

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