Mitsui O.S.K. Lines America (MOL America) announced Osamu Suzuki is retiring after three years as president and CEO.
Suzuki held numerous positions since joining MOL in 1973. He served as general manager of the liner division and managing director of MOL Asia and he has accepted a post-retirement position as executive VP of MOL Ferry Co., Japan.
Nororu Kitazawa will replace Suzuki as president, CEO and chairman. Kitazawa has been with MOL… Read More
Thailand's Foreign Trade Department is warning its exporters to improve their seafood-processing standards to ensure they meet the standards set by the European Union, the Financial Times reported today.
Director-General Apiradi Tantraporn said Thailand's Overseas Commercial Office in Brussels said the EU may ban frozen seafood imports from some countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations due to concerns over hygienic problems.
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The 2008 Sofi Award Winners were announced last week at the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade's 54th Summer Fancy Food Show in New York.
Two seafood products received gold honors. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. of Cundy's Harbor, Maine, won for Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili for its Smoked Scallop Lobster Bisque and in the Outstanding Pasta, Rice or Grain category for its Port Clyde Lobster Mac & Cheese.
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During the inaugural Import Safety Summit in Washington, D.C., today, Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt announced a pilot program to test and evaluate third-party certification systems for farmed shrimp.
As part of the new federal import safety strategy, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is drafting guidance for third-party certification programs to ensure the certified products meet FDA requirements. It is a program the… Read More
Chang International of Seattle named Kevin Rowlee sales manager.
Rowlee has 20 years of experience in the seafood and foodservice industries. He previously worked at Cannon Fish Co. in Seattle.
"I am very pleased to see the landing of Mr. Rowlee, and his strong experience and expertise in sales and product development will be a good fit for Chang International's global business and continuous growth in the restaurant and foodservice… Read More
Food & Water Watch last week filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop its experimental fish farm in Buzzards Bay, Mass.
The Washington, D.C., consumer advocacy group wants the project suspended until research and public review are completed. The experiment intends to train fish to associate a specific sound with being fed, thereby making the fish easier to catch after they're released. The project's goal is to… Read More
Three members of a family from the Cutler, Maine, area were hospitalized over the weekend with red tide poisoning after consuming mussels from an area closed to shellfish harvesting due to high concentrations of poisonous algal blooms.
The Bangor Daily News reported yesterday that the family - two adults and one adolescent - was admitted Saturday to Down East Community Hospital in Machias and have since been released. Their names were not… Read More
The U.S. government is seeking up to $62 million in restitution from a South African businessman who pleaded guilty in 2004 to selling illegally caught toothfish and rock lobster, the Cape Argus of Cape Town, South Africa, reported today.
Arnold Bengis, chairman and managing director of Hout Bay Fishing Industries in South Africa, his son David Bengis, president of Icebrand Seafoods in Portland, Maine, and Jeffrey Noll, their New York… Read More
Farmed tilapia contains low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and high levels of detrimental omega-6 fatty acids, a potentially hazardous combination for patients vulnerable to inflammation, which can damage the heart, blood vessels, lungs, skin and digestive tract, according to researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C.
In an article published in this month's edition of Journal of the American… Read More
The Marine Stewardship Council last week announced that Mike Boots, director of the Seafood Choices Alliance in Silver Spring, Md., was elected to its board of trustees, effective in August.
"SeaWeb's Seafood Choices Alliance works across the seafood sector, collaboratively seeking paths toward a more sustainable industry. In that context, MSC certification is currently the most tangible, independent and widely marketed option available to… Read More