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Codex transfer was not held up for lack of talk about it

In most months, industry and consumer representatives, each get one meeting with USDA’s top brass at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). But in September, acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker and temporary Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg met twice with each group, once on Sept. 7 and again on Sept. 21…. Continue Reading

Congress hails FSIS for blocking 272 tons of bad foreign catfish

The July 3 publication of the Federal Register made it official. Importers and brokers of catfish were put on notice about USDA’s Food Safety and inspection Service’s plans to reinspect all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products beginning Aug. 2. Congress came up with the idea because lawmakers like the job FSIS is… Continue Reading

Mississippi farm recalls 1,695 pounds of catfish for residue concerns

Mississippi’s Lakes Farm Raised Catfish Inc., located in Dundee, has recalled approximately 1,695 pounds of catfish (siluriformes  products)  that may be adulterated with residues of public health concern, specifically Malachite Green and Leucomalachite Green, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports. The catfish were processed on March 14 through 17, 2017…. Continue Reading

USDA says activists off the mark with catfish complaints

The activist group Food and Water Watch is down as a “strong supporter” of the catfish program now underway in USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It would, however, like to see more progress and doesn’t like the inclusion of a couple foreign establishments that FSIS has allowed to sign up for catfish inspections…. Continue Reading

Congressional battle continues over federal catfish regulation

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, may want to wait until after the Nov. 8 election, when the House of Representatives returns for the lame-duck session, to decide whether there will be a vote on the nation’s new and evolving catfish program. Every week that goes by sees the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new program for catfish inspection… Continue Reading

Frozen catfish recalled for potential chemical contamination

Haring Catfish Inc. of Wisner, LA, is recalling approximately 21,521 pounds of catfish products that may be adulterated with a residue of public health concern, specifically gentian violet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 51217” inside the USDA mark of… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Foreign catfish discover the U.S. really does have borders

Editor’s note on update: A list of specific retail locations that received the recalled product is now available on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website. Click here for the list  which may be updated as additional information becomes available. The U.S. border has suddenly become meaningful to importers of Siluriformes, including foreign catfish. It’s all… Continue Reading

Violations with spinach, catfish cited in FDA warning letters

A Harbor City, Calif., food manufacturing facility and a Bronx, N.Y., seafood importer received warning letters that were recently released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Environmental samples taken inside the California food processing facility owned by Flying Food Group LLC revealed the presence of the human pathogen Listeria monocytogenes near food and food contact surfaces. In the… Continue Reading