Food Safety & Health
The United States government is seeking to permanently shut down two companies that operate a processing facility for seafood and other foods, due to listeria monocytogenes contamination.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) on behalf of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), filed a complaint in federal court in New York, U.S.A. against Euroline Foods, LLC, and Royal Seafood Baza, Inc. in Staten Island, New York.
The complaint alleges… Read More
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety of South Korea will dispatch a delegation to Vietnam next month to inspect how nitrofuran in Vietnamese shrimp is controlled before shipping to South Korea, National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) said in a release.
The visit will be made after the Korean authorities detected a number of nitrofuran-contaminated shrimp cargos imported to South Korea from companies in… Read More
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to a Kentucky company it claims has processed seafood in unsanitary conditions.
FDA inspected the MC Fish Company, located in Milton, Kentucky, from 20 to 23 March, and during the visit agency personnel discovered “serious violations” of the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point regulations.
Milton is a small town located halfway between Louisville,… Read More
The United States Department of Agriculture has published its proposed rules for the labeling of genetically modified food and opened a 60-day comment period scheduled to end on 3 June.
The rules require all foods containing ingredients that have been genetically modified to be labeled as “bioengineered,” indicated through text, electronic or digital link disclosure, or one of three potential symbols, according to the proposed rules,… Read More
The United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) refused several seafood imports in April for banned antibiotics, veterinary drug residues, and salmonella contamination.
Shrimp with banned antibiotics accounted for three of the 116 total seafood entry line refusals, while 12 seafood shipments from China (10 eel and two tilapia) were refused for veterinary drug residue contamination.
The FDA also refused 10 shrimp lots due to… Read More
Trinidad and Tobago is one of several Caribbean countries that will soon be participating in a biomonitoring project to evaluate mercury levels in fish regularly consumed in the region.
Titled Fish Mercury Biomonitoring in the Caribbean Region, the project “seeks to determine the mercury concentration of commonly consumed fish species. The species to be sampled will be determined on a national basis,” said Jewel Batchasingh, acting… Read More
On the heels of British Columbia, Canada, oyster farms closing due to a norovirus outbreak, the United States is now warning Americans about eating certain raw oysters from British Columbia.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned restaurants and retailers that potentially contaminated raw oysters harvested in the south and central parts of Baynes Sound, British Columbia, Canada, were distributed to California, Illinois,… Read More
Oyster farms between Denman Island and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, have been closed after an outbreak of norovirus.
Around 40 people have reported acute gastrointestinal illness after eating raw oysters grown in the province, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. Some of the cases were attributed to norovirus, Food Safety News reported.
“On the advice of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Fisheries and… Read More
Salmonella continues to be a problem with some imported shrimp, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refused 11 shrimp shipments in March due to the harmful bacteria.
Of the agency’s 11 refusals due to salmonella, ten of the rejected entry lines of shrimp came from Falcon Marine Exports Pvt. Ltd. in Orissa, India, while the remaining refused shipment came from Vasai Frozen Food Co. in Poman, Maharashtra, India. The FDA also… Read More
The American Heart Association defended its “Heart-Check Mark” logo on food products, after a class action lawsuit was filed in the United States against Starkist tuna for using the logo.
Tuna products from Starkist, owned by Dongwon Industries in South Korea, do not disclose that the Heart-Check Mark is a “paid endorsement,” according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New… Read More