Food Safety & Health

Published on
November 12, 2018

A representative body for the lucrative mitten crab trade in China has introduced blockchain technology to counter firms illicitly using the appellation for the lucrative Yangcheng Lake crabs, which are classified under China’s Geographical Indicator (GI) mark.

The technology was devised by the government-run Suzhou Quality Inspection Bureau and the Inspur Group, a local IT firm. Also involved in the pilot project is the State Development

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Cliff White

Published on
November 5, 2018

The European Union is considering testing Indian seafood imports for a wider range of antibiotic residues, following the results of a report that found deficiencies in food safety control in the South Asian country.

Last month, two European Commission committees discussed the report, which was based off a visit made by inspectors in November 2017 in response to mounting concerns in Europe over the number of shipments of Indian shrimp found to

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
October 31, 2018

A longstanding outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes affecting several European countries since 2015 was likely caused by ready-to-eat salmon products, according to the European Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

The outbreak has resulted in 12 cases, including four deaths, across Denmark, France, and Germany as of 8 October, 2018. European health officials used whole genome sequencing to

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Jason Holland

Published on
October 29, 2018

Imported farmed shrimp is as safe to eat as any other seafood product available in European markets, according to new research conducted by scientists at the University of Stirling.

Using European Union data to perform a risk assessment on shrimp imports, researchers Dave Little and Richard Newton of Stirling's Institute of Aquaculture, working with colleagues at Shanghai Ocean University, also found that shrimp imports have become much safer to

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Nicki Holmyard

Published on
October 29, 2018

Numerous studies have shown that eating seafood is good for human health, but Professor Baukje de Roos, deputy director of the Rowett Institute at Scotland’s University of Aberdeen and an internationally recognized nutrition scientist, believes that shellfish are some of the most important contributors of essential nutrients and should be given a great place in the diet. 

Professor de Roos, who is currently researching the effects of

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Chris Chase

Published on
October 25, 2018

A study of over 2,500 adults between 1992 and 2015 has found that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids present in seafood reduce the risk of unhealthy aging. 

The study, published in BMJ, started with adults at an average age of 74 in 1992 and examined the levels of four different omega-3s – eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), docosapentaenoic acid (DPA), and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) – present in their

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 23, 2018

A large global sushi restaurant chain agreed to pay up to USD 4.5 million (EUR 3.9 million) to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that thousands of people were exposed to hepatitis A after eating scallops at its restaurants.

A preliminary settlement of up to USD 4.5 million (EUR 3.9 million) was reached between Genki Sushi, a conveyor belt-style sushi restaurant chain, and those who were exposed to hepatitis A in Hawaii in 2016.

Genki Sushi

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Published on
October 10, 2018

Three Chinese seafood processors have been flagged in an inspection by Canadian import inspectors.

The Canada Food Inspection Authority (CFIA) has informed its counterparts in China that products from three firms has been held and must be returned to China or destroyed. The three firms are Qingdao Haoyuan Foodstuffs Co. Ltd., Rongcheng Shidao Lianhua Food Co., and Zhangzhou Xinwanya Aquatic Products Co.

The reason for the seizures is related to

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 5, 2018

A Canadian smokehouse is recalling several lots of smoked salmon due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Monsieur Émile Smokehouse is recalling its refrigerated Monsieur Émile Smokehouse brand and unbranded Smoked Salmon distributed to Canadian retailers.

“Consumers should not consume and distributors, retailers, and foodservice establishments such as hotels and restaurants should not sell or use the recalled

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Christine Blank

Published on
September 12, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration refused 5.6 percent of shrimp imports in August due to banned antibiotics.

Through August, there have been a total of 33 shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics.

“This was the second highest number of entry lines refused for antibiotic contamination this year,” said the Southern Shrimp Alliance in a statement. 

In addition, the FDA refused two entry lines of

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