Food Safety & Health

Published on
April 20, 2017

The United States Food and Drug Administration warned Vietnamese seafood exporter Ba Hai Company Ltd. about “serious deviations” from food safety requirements at the facility of its U.S. importer.

Tuy Hoa City, Vietnam-baed Ba Hai is a major processor and exporter of frozen tuna, swimming crabs and other seafood.

In late March, the FDA warned Ba Hai that its HACCP plan for scombroid species of fish contains “serious deviations&r… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
April 19, 2017
Carrefour China

Seafood in the Chinese stores of retail giants Carrefour and RT Mart both failed food safety spot-checks by the State Food and Drug Administration (SFDA), the government agency charged with enforcing China’s food safety laws. 

Excessive traces of chemicals, including malachite green and sulphanilamide, were found in samples of tilapia, yellowhead catfish (Pelteobagrus fulvidraco) and other species in outlets of the supermarkets in Haik… Read More

Published on
April 17, 2017

Improper fish handling was among 13 food sanitation violations that state inspectors found at Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, which is owned by United States President Donald Trump.

The Florida Division of Hotels and Restaurants said that three of the violations were deemed "high priority" following the agency’s visit on 26 January, meaning they could lead to illness-causing bacteria being served in meals, according to Reuters.&nb… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
April 11, 2017

Chinese authorities are launching a renewed attack on chemical use in seafood destined for the domestic market. 

The country’s agricultural ministry announced a nationwide action plan on 3 April concerning the contamination of agricultural products. It said it planned to combat the use of “two drugs in three fishes” – a reference to use of malachite green and furfuran in turbot, snakehead fish (also known as grey mull… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
March 30, 2017

China’s State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) has turned its attention to online seafood sales with a public dressing down for a platform selling squid with what the SFDA claims was over 100 times the legal limits of bacteria. 

Jin Hua Ling Du Foodstuffs Co. was selling the squid on the Kou Kou Fu flagship store on Suning.com, a major e-commerce website run by China’s biggest electronics retailer. The Kou Kou Fu store appea… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
March 27, 2017

Common Chinese urban myths about seafood consumption, including an explanation on why seafood consumption doesn’t cause gout, are being targeted by a new website set up by China’s government and run by the country’s leading news agency.

The “China Food Rumor Refuting” site’s launch is an effort by government to boost domestically produced food products, which have lost market share to imports due to worries over food safety. The… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
March 24, 2017

A drug originally derived from the liver of dogfish sharks could heal heart tissues damaged during heart attacks, according to a group of researchers in Maine. No other drug can currently do that, the group said.

The researchers from MDI Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine tested the drug, called MSI-1436, on zebrafish and adult mice, two species separated by 450 million years of evolution. In both cases, the drug stimulated regeneration … Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
March 20, 2017

Six individuals in China have been charged with doctoring a popular local fish with industrial chemicals to make it look better on the stalls of a major seafood wholesale market.

A suspect named only as Mr. Ma in local court reports opened a processing plant in the Chengyang district of Qingdao in July 2017 but later moved production to Weihai. Local police working on a tip-off tracked Ma from his plant to the Chengyang wholesale seafood market,… Read More

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Aaron Orlowski

Published on
March 20, 2017

Millions of pounds of lobster blood currently discarded at processing plants in Maine and Canada could soon serve another purpose as a skin cream to treat warts, shingles, age spots and other ailments, according to a University of Maine researcher who has filed a patent for lobster blood-based skin creams.

Bob Bayer, a professor at the University of Maine and director of the Lobster Institute, told SeafoodSource he grew interested in developing … Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
March 13, 2017

Traces of malachite green, furacilinum and chloramphenicol have been picked up in retail samples of seafood by China’s National Food & Drug Administration (CFDA).

Furacilinum, also known as nitrofuran or vitrocin, is an antibacterial agent. Chloramphenicol is an antibiotic used in the treatment of bacterial infections.

A report on “Results of Examination of Seafood Products” published by the CFDA bureau in Shenyang, a major city in no… Read More