Food Safety & Health

Published on
August 31, 2017

The United States government is not complying with a federal law on labeling genetically engineered foods, a new lawsuit filed by the Center for Food Safety alleges.

Filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on 25 August, the Center for Food Safety, an environmental nonprofit based in San Francisco, California, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture has not studied “electronic and digital disclosures”

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Ben Fisher

Published on
August 8, 2017
Oysters

An outbreak of vibriosis – a bacterial infection that primarily affects the digestive tract – has sickened 25 people who ate raw oysters in the Seattle area last month. 

Vibriosis causes watery diarrhea, fever, headache, severe abdominal cramping, and vomiting, and can be a very serious condition for those who have compromised immune systems. Symptoms generally last for around a week and, in most cases, medical treatment is not

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Jason Holland

Published on
July 31, 2017
Lidl mackerel

Two mackerel products are being recalled because of levels of histamine that breach Irish food safety standards.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has issued recall notices for both Skellig Bay Mackerel Fillets, with the use by date of 30 June 2017, sold by Aldi Stores Ltd., and Lidl’s Inismara Irish Mackerel Fillets, with a use by date of 2 July 2017 due to elevated levels of histamine.  

Although the affected batches are

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Steve Bittenbender

Published on
July 25, 2017

For the second straight congressional session, a representative from Texas has introduced a bill he claims would level the playing field between American fishermen and their foreign counterparts.

Late last month, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold filed the “Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2017.” The legislation calls for all seafood sold in America to be traceable from the time it was caught to the time it was served. Under current

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Chris Loew

Published on
July 13, 2017

Japanese television news shows have recently featured several segments about the parasitic nematode Anisakis simplex, which can be transmitted to people when they eat raw fish that has not been previously frozen to below 20 degrees Celsius. 

The publicity about the parasite, which causes violent abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting in those who consume it, has depressed sashimi sales throughout Japan. The wholesale prices of a few species,

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Madelyn Kearns

Published on
July 6, 2017
Shikat Bay Oysters

High levels of paralytic shellfish poison (PSP) have temporarily left some of Alaska’s shellfish and oyster farmers out of commission.

Although the toxin has been previously spotted in areas such as Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound and Kodiak, the last couple of years have seen PSP and its affects travel to troubling new locales, Kimberly Stryker, program manager for Alaska's Food Safety and Sanitation Program, told Alaska

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Cliff White

Published on
July 5, 2017

A fish smoking company based in Mamaroneck, New York, U.S.A., has been ordered to cease sales of its products by a federal judge after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found its processing facility contaminated with the bacteria that causes listeriosis.

The Smokehouse of New York, LLC, its president and owner, Panagiota Soublis, and Brett H. Portier, its director of operations, were issued a consent decree of permanent injunction by

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Cliff White

Published on
June 28, 2017

A Scottish start-up that is using langoustine shells to form an anti-microbial food packaging material has won a major business competition in the United Kingdom.

Motherwell, Scotland based-CuanTec Ltd. was awarded first prize and GBP 150,000 (USD 192,000, EUR 170,000) at the Scottish EDGE Round 10 competition for science, technology and engineering-focused businesses. The ceremony took place on 22 June in Edinburgh and awards businesses with

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Cliff White

Published on
June 14, 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.-based Slade Gorton has announced a recall for three of its tilapia products because they may contain undeclared milk. 

People with allergies or severe sensitivity to milk “run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products,” the company said in a press release.

The products are:

  • Gourmet Bay Toasted Crumb Tilapia, product code 7396701
  • Gourmet Bay Honey
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Published on
June 6, 2017

Two United States government agencies are warning consumers about hepatitis A found in certain frozen tuna products.

The Hawaii Department of Health notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on 1 May that a frozen ahi tuna cube sample from PT Deho Canning Co., imported by Hilo Fish Company in Hilo, Hawaii, tested positive for hepatitis A. 

Then, in mid-May, Hilo Fish began recalling additional frozen tuna steaks and frozen yellowfin

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