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
James Hook & Co., a Boston seafood distributor, resumed retail seafood sales just before the holiday weekend, about a month after fire destroyed its waterfront location.
The company is now running a temporary retail location at 339 Northern Ave. in South Boston, in a space donated by competitor P.J. Lobster. Hook is selling a variety of live shellfish, including lobsters, as well as fresh fish with advance notice.
Hook's landmark… Read More
A month-long squabble between Roger Berkowitz and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority continued as Independence Day neared when the president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods turned a cheeky ad campaign into a free speech crusade. Though Berkowitz may not be riding the T anytime soon, his Boston-based seafood restaurant chain is stirring up a lot of economical publicity at a time when consumers aren't dining out as frequently. It's a… Read More
Barton Seaver has reportedly left his post as chef at Hook, a Washington, D.C., restaurant focused on sustainable seafood.
According to the Washington Post, Seaver's lawyer and Hook's owner Jonathan Umbel are working out the details of Seaver's contract. In late June, just days after resigning, he was named a rising star by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington for his work at Hook.
Seaver told the Post that he had "the… Read More