Food Safety & Health

Published on
May 31, 2017

Two sushi restaurants in Washington state must stop mislabeling fish used in their sushi and pay a combined USD 5,500 (EUR 4,916) fine.

Sushi Tokyo in Seattle and Oto Sushi in Redmond signed an agreement with the Washington Attorney General’s office after an investigation found that they mislabeled tuna and snapper between March and August, 2016.

“Consumers deserve to know the truth about what they are buying,” said Washington

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By

Chris Loew

Published on
May 25, 2017
Melanosis

Those who deal in shrimp on a regular basis are probably familiar with melanosis. The unsightly black spots that can appear on the bodies of harvested, raw shrimp is not spoilage, but rather is caused by a naturally occurring enzyme. While shrimp with melanosis are harmless to eat, they are a definite turn-off for customers. 

The industry mainly uses one of two treatments to control melanosis: sodium metabisulfite powder and

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Published on
May 19, 2017

Congressional Seafood Company, based in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.A., has hired Matt Berrie as director of food safety at the company’s new plant in Jessup, Maryland.

Previously, Berrie was HACCP and quality control manager for ProFish, Ltd., of Washington D.C., and quality control manager for Seattle Fish Co. of Denver, Colorado.

In his new role, Berrie will oversee all of the company’s safety and quality control efforts, which

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Published on
May 17, 2017
Trident recall

Seattle, Washington, USA-based processor Trident Seafoods has issued a voluntary recall of certain cod products because they may contain small pieces of plastic.

“The source of the white plastic has been identified as inspection tags used by an ingredient supplier,” the supplier said in a statement. “Trident Seafoods takes food safety very seriously and is investigating this situation thoroughly.”

The recall affects

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Published on
May 12, 2017

Lakeland, Florida, USA-based Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall of two of its own label ready-to-cook seafood products because they may contain small glass fragments.

Publix’s Salmon Florentine Gratin and Scallops Florentine Gratin seafood ready-to-cook products were sold at Publix stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, according to the retailer, which operates more than 1,100

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Published on
May 2, 2017

The Washington State Department of Health has closed six shellfish harvesting areas because of high bacteria levels.

The six closed areas include: Hood Canal near the Duckabush River (Jefferson County), Annas Bay (Mason County), North Bay (Mason County), Rocky Bay (Pierce County), Swinomish (Skagit County), and Port Susan (Snohomish County). 

“We need clean water for safe shellfish harvesting,” said Rick Porso, director of the

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By

Mark Godfrey

Published on
April 28, 2017

“Chaotic” management at Shanghai’s largest seafood wholesale market has led to worries over food safety there.

The recent closure of the Tongchun Lu market has led to a large number of unlicensed vendors – some operating outdoors in unrefrigerated environments – and overcrowding at the Jiang Yang market in Shanghai’s Baoshan district, according to the government-run Fa Zhi Shehui (Law and Society)

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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

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By

Mark Godfrey

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

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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

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