Food Safety & Health

Published on
December 15, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Import Alert over hepatitis A found in raw, frozen tuna from two suppliers from Asia.

The alert applies to frozen raw tuna from Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. in Can Lam, Vietnam, and P.T. Deho Canning Company in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“FDA believes that hepatitis A virus-contaminated seafood is a result of insanitary conditions in the production or packing facilities, e.g., poor worker … Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
December 14, 2017

A European Union delegation recently completed its review of India’s seafood quality control regime, but didn’t reveal its conclusions.

The European Union team, composed of Markus Brunner, the team leader of the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Health, and commission member Maria Lyons Alcantara, was in India from 21 to 28 November, the New Indian Express reported.  They were hosted by representatives of India&r… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
December 8, 2017

Two high-end seafood restaurants in China have been hit with stiff fines by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) after seafood on the premises tested positive for excessive presence of chemicals. 

A fine of CNY 10,000 (USD 1,510, EUR 1,280) was levied for excessive amounts of chloramphenicol and furacilinum found in seafood sampled at the Hai Bao Jiu Jia (“Seafood Treasure”) and Xin Cheng Hai Gang restaurants i… Read More

Published on
November 30, 2017

A new Oceana Canada report has found that nearly half of seafood samples tested in Ottawa, Ontario, were mislabeled.

After testing seafood samples at 10 grocery stores, 22 restaurants, and 12 sushi vendors, Oceana Canada found that 45 of the 98 samples were mislabeled. One-third of the samples were consid-ered to be species substitutions, since the name on the menu or label did not match the type of fish being sold, according to the organization.… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 29, 2017

Eight aquaculture firms have been put on a blacklist in Rizhao, China, one of the country’s key seafood production hubs, after their products tested positive for high levels of antibiotics.

Published by the city’s branch of the national Ocean and Fisheries Bureau, the list features companies whose produce failed a sampling inspection by China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The “… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 22, 2017
MPEDA

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority has called on the country’s shrimp and fish producers to add value to its marine foods in an effort to increase domestic seafood consumption.

MPEDA is also looking to create a stronger national seafood brand, according to the organization’s domestic marketing director T. Dola Shankar. Shankar said MPEDA is now offering financial incentives to companies that use its brand.

"The… Read More

Published on
November 16, 2017

Vietnamese seafood exporter Ba Hai Company Ltd. will resume shipping frozen tuna to the United States after correcting food safety violations.

Tuy Hoa City, Vietnam-based Ba Hai exports between 120,000 pounds and 150,000 pounds of frozen tuna monthly to the United States, mostly for use in restaurants.

In late March, the United States Food and Drug Administration warned Ba Hai about “serious deviations” from food safety requirements a… Read More

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 15, 2017

With concern mounting in Europe regarding the presence of antibiotics in Indian seafood shipments, a high-level European Union (EU) delegation is planning to visit Indian aquaculture processing factories and ports.

The delegation, comprised of two or three members, is scheduled to visit India from 21 to 28 November 2017. The group will visit Odisha first and then go to other states, including Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the Business Standard Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 13, 2017

China’s main quarantine and quality watchdog has issued consumers a warning against buying rare seafood species in advance of China’s busiest day for online shopping.

As China’s Single’s Day approaches on 11 November– the “11-11” phenomenon created by online commerce leader Alibaba to drive sales – an AQSIQ circular published in media across China warns that airline passengers importing sea cucumber… Read More

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Gao Fu Mao

Published on
November 9, 2017

Claims that eating large amounts crab can cause health problems are making the rounds on Chinese social media,  following the emergence of a case in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, reported in the national press, where a Mr. Li claims he suffered kidney failure and gout from gorging on the crustaceans.

Several leading medical experts weighed in on the medical effects of seafood in an extensive report in the People’s Daily – th… Read More