May’s most-read: Top 20, pangasius, tambaqui
Curious what your fellow SeafoodSource readers are viewing? Here’s a rundown of the website’s five most-read stories of May 2011:
5) Is Vietnam’s pangasius industry getting serious about education? It certainly appears so. At the European Seafood Exposition on 5 May, the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), along with Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and Vietnam’s European Embassy, hosted a seminar to ignite a dialog on pangasius, part of a larger effort by VASEP to heighten awareness of the product and increase transparency of the industry.
4) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is in hot water. In a report issued on 16 May, the Government Accountability Office hammered the agency for failing to adequately ensure the safety of imported seafood. FDA inspectors generally do not visit fish farms to investigate the use of antibiotics or other drugs or the laboratories that analyze seafood, according to the GAO.
3) And the winner is? Vietnam’s Vinh Hoan Corp. and Halieutis of France. The two companies took top honors at the European Seafood Exposition’s 11th annual Seafood Prix d’Elite new products competition on 3 May. Vinh Hoan won best new retail product for its Provocake, a fish cake made with pangasius and shrimp, while Halieutis won best new foodservice product for its Tambaqui Ribs.
2) It’s not often that politicians admit that they’re wrong. But Scotland’s Struan Stevenson, VP of the European Parliament’s fisheries committee, swallowed his words when he confessed that he inaccurately portrayed Vietnam’s burgeoning pangasius industry as “filthy.” Stevenson visited Vietnam to see the industry first-hand, and when he returned last week he had nothing but positive things to say. “I discovered a dynamic new industry, meeting world-class welfare and hygiene standards and producing a quality product under first-rate conditions,” he declared.
1) This month’s most-read SeafoodSource story is actually one of the year’s most-popular SeaFood Business features — the annual list of North America’s Top 20 Seafood Suppliers, which appeared in the magazine’s May issue. It was far and away the most-read SeafoodSource story of May. Trident Seafoods, High Liner Seafoods and Beaver Street Fisheries are among the companies represented on this year’s list. Who else made the list?