Food Safety & Health

Published on
February 16, 2018
Young's fish cakes

As a precaution, Grimsby, U.K.-based Young’s Seafood is recalling packs of its Chip Shop brand fish cakes that have been manufactured from a batch where a small number of the fish cakes were found to have been contaminated with small pieces of hard plastic and potentially small pieces of metal. 

Young’s said the only affected fish cakes (six packs) are those with the production codes AAL 7209K, AAL 7209L, AAK 7222J and AAL

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 9, 2018

China’s annual Chinese New Year gifting rush has created major headaches for the country’ postal services, which have seen a major increase in forbidden seafood species in package mail. 

There has been a “sharp increase” in packages containing animal and aquatic products arriving in the post, according to AQSIQ, China’s quality and quarantine agency. Its officers have confiscated sea cucumber and

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Christine Blank

Published on
February 7, 2018

In January, the United States Food and Drug Administration refused the highest number of shrimp entries due to banned antibiotics since April 2017. 

Included in last month’s refusals were 14 shrimp entry lines rejected due to salmonella contamination.

FDA attributed five of the 116 total seafood entry refusals to banned antibiotics in shrimp. Two suppliers accounted for the five refusals from FDA’s West Coast division:

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
February 1, 2018

Live U.S. seafood destined for the rush Chinese New Year market was rotten on arrival, according to Chinese inspection authorities, and transit problems into Chinese regional airports could be to blame.

Thirty boxes of scampi imported from the U.S., weighing 430 kilograms, were destroyed with much fanfare by inspection authorities in the main airport of the massive metropolis of Chongqing. Neither the buyer nor supplier was identified in a

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 31, 2018

A new study in Vancouver, British Columbia, has found high levels of seafood mislabeling, backing up an Oceana Canada conducted last year that came to a similar conclusion.

After testing 300 samples of fresh seafood from sushi restaurants and grocery stores in metro Vancouver via DNA barcoding, University of British Columbia researchers found widespread mislabeling.

Similarly, last November, Oceana Canada found that 45 of 98 seafood samples from

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 23, 2018

A major Chinese supermarket chain has had to remove seafood products from its shelves after they failed tests by China’s food safety inspectors. 

Excessive traces of cadmium were found in crustaceans and shellfish sold at the Bu Feng Lianhua grocery outlet in the Beijing district of Tongzhou. The testing of the seafood from Bu Feng Lianhua was conducted by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) in Beijing and Tianjin as

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 16, 2018

A North American caviar supplier is recalling whitefish roe because it may permit botulism growth.

Dollard-Des-Ormeuax, Quebec, Canada-based Imperial Caviar and Seafood is recalling its Imperial Caviar & Seafood / VIP Caviar Club brands Golden Whitefish Roe  and Whitefish Roe because it may permit the growth of Clostridium botulinum (botulism).

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) identified the potential for botulism during a

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
January 10, 2018

Chinese authorities have instituted a ban on imports of a prominent French oysters brand, just as marketing of the pricey shellfish picks up pace before Chinese New Year. 

China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) circulated a notice on 6 and 7 January barring imports and sales of Huitres Geay oysters following a case of food poisoning allegedly connected to oyster consumption in Hong Kong. A

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Christine Blank

Published on
January 10, 2018

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s refusals of shrimp imports due to banned antibiotic use have fallen to their lowest level in five years.

The FDA refused 55 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics in 2017, the lowest total number of shrimp entry line refusals for banned antibiotics reported since 2012. In December, 2017, FDA said there was only one shrimp import refusal due to antibiotics from Myeik Zenith

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December 31, 2017

Loch Duart has teamed up with Oritain - experts in scientifically proving the origin of food products - to prevent unscrupulous suppliers from passing off other salmon as Loch Duart’s.

Oritain’s testing measures trace elements that occur naturally at each farm and which are absorbed by the salmon raised there. Further analysis creates a unique fingerprint that can verify the origin of the fish.

Starting in 2018, Oritain is providing

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