Food Safety & Health

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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Mark Godfrey

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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Christine Blank

Published on
November 30, 2017

A new Oceana Canada report has found that nearly half of seafood samples tested in Ottawa, Ontario, were mislabeled.

After testing seafood samples at 10 grocery stores, 22 restaurants, and 12 sushi vendors, Oceana Canada found that 45 of the 98 samples were mislabeled. One-third of the samples were consid-ered to be species substitutions, since the name on the menu or label did not match the type of fish being sold, according to the

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Mark Godfrey

Published on
November 29, 2017

Eight aquaculture firms have been put on a blacklist in Rizhao, China, one of the country’s key seafood production hubs, after their products tested positive for high levels of antibiotics.

Published by the city’s branch of the national Ocean and Fisheries Bureau, the list features companies whose produce failed a sampling inspection by China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ).

The

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 22, 2017
MPEDA

India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority has called on the country’s shrimp and fish producers to add value to its marine foods in an effort to increase domestic seafood consumption.

MPEDA is also looking to create a stronger national seafood brand, according to the organization’s domestic marketing director T. Dola Shankar. Shankar said MPEDA is now offering financial incentives to companies that use its

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 16, 2017

Vietnamese seafood exporter Ba Hai Company Ltd. will resume shipping frozen tuna to the United States after correcting food safety violations.

Tuy Hoa City, Vietnam-based Ba Hai exports between 120,000 pounds and 150,000 pounds of frozen tuna monthly to the United States, mostly for use in restaurants.

In late March, the United States Food and Drug Administration warned Ba Hai about “serious deviations” from food safety requirements

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Jagdish Kumar

Published on
November 15, 2017

With concern mounting in Europe regarding the presence of antibiotics in Indian seafood shipments, a high-level European Union (EU) delegation is planning to visit Indian aquaculture processing factories and ports.

The delegation, comprised of two or three members, is scheduled to visit India from 21 to 28 November 2017. The group will visit Odisha first and then go to other states, including Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, the Business Standard

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