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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas reopened its seafood buffet yesterday after extensively remodeling the 13,000-square-foot space.

The Village Seafood Buffet, which claims to be Las Vegas' only seafood-centric buffet, annually purchases more than 200 tons of seafood from around the globe, including Pacific salmon, Alaska king crab, Canadian snow crab, Indonesian prawns, Chinese shrimp and Southeast Asian slipper lobster tails.

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 19, 2008

Americans are making fewer trips to most retail outlets due to rising fuel prices and other economic pressures, according to research The Nielsen Co. of Schaumburg, Ill., released on Monday.

Per-household trips to grocery stores averaged 59 last year, down from 61 in 2006 and 72 in 2001, while trips to mass-merchandise stores totaled 15 in 2007, down from 16 in 2006 and 24 in 2001. However, per-household trips to supercenters averaged 27 in

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 17, 2008

Blue Horizon Organic Seafood on Friday announced that Discovery Home channel's Sara Snow will be its company spokesperson.

Snow is the host of the cable-TV network's show "Get Fresh with Sara Snow," which features tips and skills on how to be environmentally conscious in everyday life.

"Sara is the perfect spokesperson for our brand; she grew up on natural foods while other kids were crunching on junk food and slurping sodas; she is the

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James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
March 17, 2008

Country-of-origin labeling, or COOL, has been a bone of contention within the seafood and retail industries since its introduction in the 2002 Farm Bill. It's one of the more peculiar laws regarding the U.S. food supply, as I discovered while researching our April Top Story, "The Call for COOL." For instance, only retailers (and only those of a certain size) are subject to the regulations - but not restaurants, where Americans consume the

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 17, 2008

Slade Gorton & Co. on Friday voluntarily recalled its cooked, ready-to-eat, frozen langostinos marketed under the Icybay brand because they may be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled product was distributed to retailers in Massachusetts and Maryland, including Stop & Shop Supermarket Co. and Giant Food, over the past several weeks. It was also shipped to wholesalers in 19 states, stretching from Maine to

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 17, 2008

Yum! Brands announced Friday that Sam Su was appointed to its board of directors as vice chairman.

Su currently is president of the China division, a position he will retain while serving on the board.

"Sam Su is the pre-eminent pioneer of a booming restaurant category in the world's fastest growing economy. He is doing an outstanding job building leasing brands in China in every significant restaurant category, which is our No. 1 growth

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 17, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it had received approval from the U.S. State Department to permanently establish eight full-time positions in China, pending approval from the Chinese government.

The FDA plans to hire and place staff in China over the next 18 months as part of its "Beyond our Borders" initiative. The agency will also hire five Chinese nationals to work with the new FDA staff at the U.S. Embassy in

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 14, 2008

True World Foods Chicago, LLC on Tuesday was fined $60,000 for its role in distributing mislabeled frozen fish fillets in violation of the Lacey Act.

The U.S. law prohibits the receipt, acquisition or purchase of fish that was taken, possessed, transported or sold in violation of any federal, state or tribal regulations.

According to the indictment, True World purchased frozen pangasius fillets imported from Vietnam in a series of six

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 14, 2008

More than half of consumers say menu prices at full-service restaurants are rising, according to a survey released on Wednesday by Technomic, a Chicago foodservice research and consulting firm.

However, restaurant operators say consumers exaggerate how much menu prices are increasing, the survey revealed.

Still, most consumers polled expect menu prices to jump more than 10 percent over the next three to six months and believe the highest menu

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
March 14, 2008

A Florida man on Monday pleaded guilty to smuggling more than 11,000 pounds of yellowfin tuna into the United States in violation of the Lacey Act.

George A. Townsend III, 64, of St. Petersburg, Fla., faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 or twice the intended gain for his involvement in the illegal transportation of yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) from Trinidad and Tobago to Miami in June 2005. Sentencing has been set for

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