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More refusals were headed to produce aisles than fish counters


A report that freely acknowledges that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “has neither the personnel nor the funding to physically inspect more than 1 percent of all shipments” looks at the results of FDA’s main border enforcement tool known as “import refusals.” FDA is responsible for the safety of food imported into the United… Continue Reading

Food Fraud a Bigger Problem Than Many Realize, Experts Say


Pick up any item in the supermarket and read through the ingredient labeling. Nearly all of the ingredients listed have the potential to be vulnerable to food fraud, according to food fraud investigator Mitchell Weinberg. “Around the world, food fraud is an epidemic. In every single country where food is produced or grown, food fraud… Continue Reading

New York City to Require Freezing Fish Before Serving It Raw


Beginning in August, New York City will require that fish served raw in restaurants be frozen before serving, according to The New York Times. For purist diners of sushi and sashimi who may take offense at the idea of their fresh catch coming from a freezer, the new food safety law is meant to ensure… Continue Reading

DNA Sequencing Helps FDA Project Combat Seafood Fraud


In the 1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) used proteins to identify seafood, but the profiling method could only match to a standard sample. They had to have frozen tissues from all of the species they wanted to compare and the agency did have a collection to work with, but no matter how… Continue Reading

Study: Farmed Fish Could Be Another Source of Antibiotic Resistance


The concern surrounding animal antibiotics focuses on meat and poultry production, but a new study suggests we should also be paying attention to fish. Researchers at Arizona State University investigated 47 antibiotics in U.S.-purchased shrimp, salmon, catfish, trout, tilapia and swai originating from 11 different countries. Their findings, published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials, identified… Continue Reading

Fish Recalled from Farmers Market in Georgia


Harry’s Farmers Market in Marietta, GA, is recalling Wild Gulf Amberjack products due to five reported customer illnesses. The Wild Gulf Amberjack fillet, Wild Gulf Amberjack portion and Wild Whole Amberjack was sold through March 15, 2014, in the fresh seafood case only at the Harry’s Farmers Market. The cause of the illness is unknown at this time,… Continue Reading

Texas Issues Fish Consumption Warning for Neches River Basin


Texans have received a warning from the state department of health about six species of fish caught in portions of the Neches River Basin due to fish testing for heightened levels of mercury and dioxins. The area of concern is a portion of the Neches River Basin that includes Sam Rayburn Reservoir and B.A. Steinhagen… Continue Reading

Formaldehyde Detected in Supermarket Fish Imported from Asia

1 in 4 sampled fish contaminated


A large number of fish imported from China and Vietnam and sold in at least some U.S. supermarkets contain unnatural levels of formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, according to tests performed and verified by researchers at a North Carolina chemical engineering firm and North Carolina State University. Around 25 percent of all the fish purchased from… Continue Reading

Mercury Reaches Unsafe Levels in Gulf Fish from Texas Coast


Fish caught off the coast of the Lone Star State contain unsafe mercury levels, the Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) warned Tuesday. In the first consumption advisory issued by Texas since last September, when it warned the public not to eat Blue marlin caught in state coastal waters, the TDSHS said women of… Continue Reading

FDA Adds Lionfish to List of Fish That May Carry Ciguatoxins

Issues ciguatera guidelines for industry


The federal government Thursday warned fish processors to take safety precautions with species that carry a risk of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP). In a draft guidance for industry published in the Federal Register, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration listed the types of fish that have been found to harbor ciguatoxins, including two species of… Continue Reading