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The Center for Food Safety is urging the attorneys general of 49 states to oppose the practice of labeling seafood imports "organic."
The Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy group is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to prevent consumer deception by enforcing existing organic labeling laws for seafood products until the agency finalizes standards.
"Allowing importers to label their seafood 'organic' when it does not have to meet… Read More
Trans-Ocean Products has partnered with Hellmann's to create a seafood salad kit for supermarket delis and seafood departments, the company announced Friday.
The salad kit contains four 2.5-pound packages of Crab & Shrimp Classic and two 1.5-pound pouches of Hellmann's mayonnaise and is designed for retail personnel to make seafood salads in-store.
Trans-Ocean sought out Hellmann's as a brand partner because of the strong consumer… Read More
The European Union may lift its embargo on Indonesian seafood imports in the next two months because it says the country has steadily improved the quality of its seafood products.
In the first four months of 2007, the EU rejected only two Indonesian seafood shipments, Director General of Fishery Processing and Marketing Martani Huseini told Asia Pulse today.
Last year, there were 17 such rejections, down from 34 in 2006 and 49 in 2005, he… Read More
Australian seafood producers and distributors are taking steps to cut production costs to make their products more competitive in the U.S. market, the Australian Trade Commission reported yesterday.
The country's seafood producers and distributors recently automated their portioning, filleting and packaging processes, eliminating the guesswork that goes into cutting fish, which can lead to waste.
U.S. interest in Tasmanian salmon,… Read More
Lawmakers negotiating a final farm bill appear to have scrapped a proposal to shift all seafood inspection oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a report in FDA Week.
The Senate attached a measure that would add catfish to the list of species included in the Federal Meat Inspection Act, essentially giving the USDA the authority to inspect and grade catfish, both domestic and… Read More
The Washington State Department of Health yesterday warned that pollution threatens shellfish harvesting in 17 of the state's commercial shellfish growing areas.
"Washington is a national shellfish leader, and while shellfish are vital to our state economy the growing areas also serve as a barometer of the health of our Puget Sound and coastal waters," said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky in a press release. "We're seeing progress, but big… Read More
Cue the hype. The Copper River salmon fishery opens in less than two weeks, marking the unofficial start of Alaska's summer salmon season. The first batch of king salmon to hit the Lower 48 commands higher prices season after season due largely to the publicity surrounding the prized harvest. But the unprecedented closure of the California and Oregon salmon fisheries is sure to drive prices even higher this season. Is there such a thing as too… Read More
EWOS Chile Alimentos, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cermaq ASA, has agreed to acquire a fish-feed facility from Cultivos Marinos Chiloe (CMC) for $13.75 million.
As part of the deal, EWOS has agreed to supply 400,000 metric tons of fish feed to CMC over a five-year period.
The plant is located in Ancud, in the northern part of Chiloe Island, and is close to the region's major salmon-farming areas. The facility has an annual capacity of 90,000… Read More
In a study completed April 16, the Hong Kong Center for Food Safety detected high heavy metal content in several seafood species. The highest was found in the three alfonsino fish, ranging from 609 to 1,370 micrograms per kilogram (mg/kg), 509 to 1,010 mg of which are methylmercury, the organic form of mercury stored in the muscle of predatory fish.
Dr. Ho Yuk-yin, community medicine consultant of the center, announced that his team took 280… Read More
The closure of this year's West Coast salmon season has stimulated retailer interest in local Pacific albacore tuna.
According to the Western Fishboat Owners Association, a nonprofit representing about 400 albacore fishing vessels, albacore fishermen and distributors in Washington, Oregon and California are preparing to meet increased domestic demand for toll-caught albacore ahead of this year's fishing season.
The increased demand comes as… Read More