Food Safety & Health

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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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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Jason Holland

Published on
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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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
December 22, 2017

As new guidelines requiring U.S. seafood importers to maintain records for certain products are set to take effect next month, federal officials have announced they will allow companies to ease into the program at its outset.

On Monday, 18 December, officials with the National Marine Fisheries Service announced it would take an “informed compliance” approach when the Seafood Import Monitoring Program starts on 1 January. That means

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 18, 2017

A U.S. smoked fish supplier has issued a recall and has temporarily suspended production due to potential listeria contamination.

Springfield Smoked Fish, of Springfield, Massachusetts, is recalling its one-pound packages of its Pre-sliced Nova Salmon because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism that can cause serious infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, or others with weakened

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Christine Blank

Published on
December 15, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an Import Alert over hepatitis A found in raw, frozen tuna from two suppliers from Asia.

The alert applies to frozen raw tuna from Sustainable Seafood Co. Ltd. in Can Lam, Vietnam, and P.T. Deho Canning Company in North Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“FDA believes that hepatitis A virus-contaminated seafood is a result of insanitary conditions in the production or packing facilities, e.g., poor worker

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
December 14, 2017

A European Union delegation recently completed its review of India’s seafood quality control regime, but didn’t reveal its conclusions.

The European Union team, composed of Markus Brunner, the team leader of the European Commission’s Directorate-General of Health, and commission member Maria Lyons Alcantara, was in India from 21 to 28 November, the New Indian Express reported.  They were hosted by representatives of

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Published on
December 8, 2017

Two high-end seafood restaurants in China have been hit with stiff fines by the country’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) after seafood on the premises tested positive for excessive presence of chemicals. 

A fine of CNY 10,000 (USD 1,510, EUR 1,280) was levied for excessive amounts of chloramphenicol and furacilinum found in seafood sampled at the Hai Bao Jiu Jia (“Seafood Treasure”) and Xin Cheng Hai Gang restaurants

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