Food Safety & Health
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
Seattle, Washington U.S.A.-based company North Star Ice Equipment Corporation has been helping seafood processors stay calm, cool, and effective since the mid-1900s, when its cutting-edge flake ice making machines first arrived on the scene and forever transformed the industry’s concept of “on ice.”
With the dry, sub-cooled flake ice produced by North Star’s innovative machinery, which first hit the market in the early… Read More
Nova Scotia, Canada-based Masstown Market is recalling some of its Smoked Kippers and Cold Smoked Salmon from shelves out of fears that the products may allow the growth of dangerous bacteria.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced the recall on 29 March after it was discovered that two of Masstown Market’s products may permit the growth of Clostirium botulinum, commonly known as foodborne botulism. The recall came as a… Read More
U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross addressed U.S. fisheries regulations and his concern about the quality of seafood imports with the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, 20 March, and he said he’s looking for NOAA Fisheries officials to work harder to reduce the country’s seafood trade deficit.
Ross testified Tuesday 20 March before the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies to… Read More
Heartland Catfish Company in Itta Bena, Mississippi, U.S.A., is recalling around 69,000 pounds of catfish products that may be adulterated with leucomalachite green, which is used to treat fungal and protozoal infections.
A routine inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on 8 March revealed “violative levels of the chemical leucomalachite green in the products,”… Read More
Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based seafood importer Stavis Seafoods has earned the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Food Safety certification for its Boston facility, the company announced on Sunday, 11 March, during Seafood Expo North America 2018.
The company underwent a rigorous third-party audit to achieve recognition from BRC, which is renowned for its food safety and quality certification program. Several areas of… Read More