Food Safety & Health

Published on
April 16, 2019

Grimsby, United Kingdom-based seafood company JCS Fish has achieved accreditation to a new edition of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, the firm announced on 15 April. 

JCS Fish is among the first businesses in the Humber region to secure accreditation under the BRC’s new Issue 8 food safety standard. Auditing for the new standard began for JCS Fish on 1 February, 2019 – the same month that the company underwent its

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Christine Blank

Published on
March 26, 2019

A new Marine Stewardship Council study has found mislabeling of its certified seafood is lower than the average of several other recent studies, which claim to have detected seafood mislabeling rates as high as 30 percent.

MSC’s expansive analysis of 1,402 MSC-certified fish products from 18 countries found that fewer than 1 percent of MSC-labeled seafood products were mislabeled.

The results were published in the journal Current

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Christine Blank

Published on
March 25, 2019

The Global Aquaculture Alliance is criticizing a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation report that linked imported farmed shrimp with antimicrobial resistance as misleading.

After testing 51 frozen shrimp products from major grocery stores across Canada, CBC Marketplace found that 17 percent carried bacteria, such as E.coli and staph aureus, that were resistant to at least one antibiotic. The report included stories from ill patients battling

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
March 11, 2019

The social media app WeChat (also known as Weixin) has proven vital in tracking and prosecuting a gang illegally catching sea cucumber and sea horses off the Italian coast for the Chinese market.

Authorities in the port town of Taranto arrested a group of Chinese nationals on suspicion of smuggling dried sea cucumbers and sea horses to Hong Kong and mainland China. Police were aable to charge the gang by examining a chain of messages on the

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Chris Loew

Published on
March 8, 2019

On 13 February, a robot arm successfully picked up pebble-sized pieces of radioactive fuel at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), sent a remote-controlled probe to the bottom of the plant's Number 2 reactor. It grasped five small pieces of debris from the fuel rods and lifted them a couple of inches. 

The robot did not actually remove the fuel debris. This was just a test to see if it could be

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Cliff White

Published on
March 7, 2019

A new study released by Oceana, following up on previous work the marine conservation organization has done on seafood fraud, has found that one in every five fish it tested in the United States was mislabeled.

After studying 400 samples from more than 250 locations in 24 U.S. states and the District of Columbia between March and August 2018, focusing on seafood not included as part of the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), Oceana found

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Christine Blank

Published on
March 7, 2019

The rash of wild and farmed catfish recalls in the United States since the beginning of this year may be caused by confusion over which regulatory agency oversees catfish inspections.

More than a year after a controversial regulation shifting inspections of all siluriformes (catfish) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) went into effect, many catfish

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
February 26, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a new strategy in how it plans to monitor and inspect food imports.

In a statement released on Monday, 25 February, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Frank Yiannas, the FDA’s deputy director, said the agency will work harder to ensure that food grown abroad meets the same standards as food produced domestically. One of the new ways the FDA will do that is through the creation of a

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 25, 2019

More than 120,000 pounds of catfish – both wild and farmed – are being recalled in the United States due to lack of government inspections.

Earlier this month, City of Industry, California-based Richwell Group, Inc., doing business as Maxfield Seafood, recalled around 55,300 pounds of frozen Sheat catfish products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the U.S. 

Several other importers have been forced to

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 18, 2019

An Alaskan smoked salmon supplier is recalling its smoked salmon because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Smoked Alaska Seafoods, Inc. in Wasilla, Alaska, U.S.A., is recalling all jars and cans of Smoked Silver Salmon in 6.5-ounce containers with the production code of AL81111133 on the bottom.

The Smoked Silver Salmon was sold to distributors throughout the state of Alaska, primarily in gift stores in the

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