Food Safety & Health

Published on
November 13, 2017

China’s main quarantine and quality watchdog has issued consumers a warning against buying rare seafood species in advance of China’s busiest day for online shopping.

As China’s Single’s Day approaches on 11 November– the “11-11” phenomenon created by online commerce leader Alibaba to drive sales – an AQSIQ circular published in media across China warns that airline passengers importing sea

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Published on
November 9, 2017

Claims that eating large amounts crab can cause health problems are making the rounds on Chinese social media,  following the emergence of a case in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, reported in the national press, where a Mr. Li claims he suffered kidney failure and gout from gorging on the crustaceans.

Several leading medical experts weighed in on the medical effects of seafood in an extensive report in the People’s Daily –

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 7, 2017

True North Salmon Co. Ltd. is recalling True North Seafood Company brand Toppers Smoked Salmon Flakes seasoned with lemon and dill from the marketplace due to possible listeria contamination. 

The recall of the salmon flakes, which were distributed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and possibly throughout the rest of Canada, was triggered by Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) test results, the agency said in a

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Christine Blank

Published on
November 6, 2017

A major United States tilapia supplier, along with the National Fisheries Institute (NFI), defended tilapia aquaculture after The Dr. Oz Show raised safety concerns about the sector.

Mehmet Oz, the show's host, said in a episode of the Dr. Oz show last week that some farmed tilapia are raised  unsanitary conditions, including overcrowding and in tanks with poor water quality, KCCI Des Moines (Iowa) reported

Oz urged viewers not

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 27, 2017

Frozen tuna loins that were distributed to numerous United States supermarkets, restaurants, and other foodservice operations are being recalled because they may contain salmonella.

Culver City, California-based Relish Foods voluntarily recalled the Newport brand of five to eight-pound tuna loins, three to five-pound tuna loins, six-ounce tuna steaks and four-ounce tuna steaks after sampling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration revealed that

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Published on
October 27, 2017

Authorities at a leading Chinese port have warned that they’re on the lookout for “substandard” seafood imports after a seizure of snow crab was destroyed this week.

The local General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's (the AQSIQ, which directly administers entry-exit inspection and quarantine bureaus at ports and airports nationwide) in Taicang port said it destroyed a shipment of

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Christine Blank

Published on
October 26, 2017

Albertsons, Randalls, and Tom Thumb are recalling seafood meals-to-go in their retail locations in three U.S. states because of possible bacterial contamination.

The retailers are working with Mann Packing, the supplier of the “Ready. Chef. Go!” seafood meal bags, to recall the bags due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a statement from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The bags

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Chris Loew

Published on
October 18, 2017

A study published in the Pertanika journal Tropical Agricultural Science reports that compounds in “bekasam,” a fermented fish paste used as a condiment in Indonesia, inhibit an enzyme involved in the synthesis of cholesterol, similarly to statin drugs. 

Researchers from Sriwijaya University in Indonesia tested the effects of various peptides filtered out of bekasam on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. HMG-CoA reductase catalyzes

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Chris Loew

Published on
October 13, 2017

A study led by Matthew Savoca of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has found that when algae grows on tiny bits of plastic in the ocean, it gives off an odor that attracts fish, leading fish to seek it out. 

The study, “Odors from marine plastic debris induce food search behaviors in a forage fish,” was published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Savoca additionally explained his findings in

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Jason Holland

Published on
October 13, 2017
India shrimp

If the European Union were to implement an import ban on Indian shrimp products, as is now widely being contemplated by the supply chain, seafood buyers believe it is likely that the repercussions will be felt in other major shrimp markets.

India was the world’s No. 1 exporter of shrimp last year with the total volume produced by the country increasing to 434,484 metric tons (MT). The volume available for export in 2017 is forecast to have

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