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Flood food safety stressed with more rain coming from Harvey

With wind and rain from Hurricane Harvey expected to continue through the end of the week, public health officials renewed their messages about the dangers of floodwater and other food safety hazards Tuesday. Federal, state and local agencies are working to ensure that displaced residents have adequate, and safe, food supplies, but widespread power outages are complicating… Continue Reading

Hurricane Harvey brings food safety challenges to millions

USDA urges those in storm's path to be aware of dangers and take action to avoid food poisoning

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UPDATE 11:55 p.m. EDT — The National Hurricane Center has posted new forecast details and interactive maps. Click on the map at right for updated information. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing food safety recommendations for those who may be impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The National Hurricane Center expects Harvey to strengthen in… Continue Reading

Warm weather warnings for shellfish lovers nationwide

From the Pacific Northwest to the Florida Keys, public health officials warn of increasing dangers from foodborne bacteria in raw and undercooked oysters and other shellfish as summer approaches. “Naturally occurring bacteria in warm coastal seawater becomes more abundant in the summer months and can concentrate in the tissues of oysters and other shellfish,” according… Continue Reading

Alaska tribe establishes Sitka lab to test shellfish for biotoxins

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has set up an environmental research and testing lab in Sitka and plans to begin testing local shellfish for biotoxins this spring. There has reportedly been some concern about the distance and turnaround time to have locally harvested shellfish tested in Anchorage by the state, which currently operates the only FDA-certified lab in… Continue Reading

Recipe for Better Seafood Safety Opened to Public Comments

Seafood safety, legal fishing, and proper labeling of fish might all benefit from presidential task force recommendations now open to public comments. Scheduled for publication on Dec. 18 in the Federal Register, the “Recommendations of the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud” cover four general themes: International: Combat… Continue Reading

Senate Bill Would Send NOAA’s Seafood Inspection Program to Interior

In mid-December, U.S. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) introduced a bill that would move the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its seafood inspections to the U.S. Department of the Interior. More broadly, the act transfers all functions of the U.S. Departments of Labor and Commerce to a newly established Department of Commerce and the Workforce…. Continue Reading

New NOAA Policies Promote Domestic Aquaculture

The federal government is adopting new policies aimed at boosting aquaculture production in the U.S. at a time when Americans are eating more imported seafood than ever. Foreign aquaculture accounts for around half of the 84 percent of seafood imported by the U.S., a very small percentage of which is inspected by public health authorities… Continue Reading

NOAA Reopens Gulf to Deep Water Shrimp Fishing

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is re-opening 4,213 square miles of Gulf of Mexico federal waters to royal red shrimping, a deep-water fish that has been prohibited in the area since November when a shrimper found tar balls in his net. NOAA said that while the tar balls could not be conclusively linked to… Continue Reading

Gulf Area Closed to Fishing Continues to Shrink

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service opened another 5,130 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico to fishing yesterday. The area opened back up to both commercial and recreational fishing are federal waters off the coasts of Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi.   The area off the Florida panhandle that was previously open only for finfish is… Continue Reading