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FDA warns seafood firms in Alabama, Ecuador to clean up

The Food and Drug Administration found serious food safety violations at two seafood facilities, one in Ecuador and one in Alabama, according to warning letters recently made public by the federal agency. Food companies that receive FDA warning letters have 15 working days to respond with an outline the specific things they are doing to… Continue Reading

Hairy crabs taking dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs into Hong Kong

Among six hairy crab samples — three collected at the import level and three from retail sales — Hong Kong’s Center for Food Safety recently found one with levels of dioxin and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls or PCBs that exceeded the maximum allowed by law. The finding promoted further review and caused Hong Kong to suspend import… Continue Reading

New Hepatitis A cases likely in Hawaii despite scallop embargo

Hawaii health officials are asking for continued federal help with their investigation of a Hepatitis A outbreak traced to frozen, imported scallops served by Genki Sushi restaurants on Oahu and Kauai. Questions about possible wider distribution of the scallops were resolved late Tuesday when Department of Health (DOH) officials confirmed Honolulu-based distributor True World Foods… Continue Reading

Seafood Importer, processor warned after failing safety checks

A California seafood importer located in Monterey Park, was, after failing an inspection Oct. 21-22, 2015, the target of a Jan. 29 warning letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency’s warning letter told the New Ocean Trading (USA) Inc.  that the FDA found “serious violations” of the seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point… Continue Reading

Nestlé Plan Aims to Reduce Risk of Worker Abuse by Seafood Suppliers

Nestlé S.A. plans to start cracking down on slavery and other human rights and labor abuses identified during a recent year-long investigation. The Swiss transnational food and beverage company announced the plan on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. These abuses involve poor migrant workers from Asian countries who are reportedly sold or induced into virtual slavery… Continue Reading

California Updates Warning About Domoic Acid in Some Shellfish Species

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is updating its warning to consumers regarding certain seafood species caught along the California coastline which may contain high levels of domoic acid. There have been no reported illnesses associated with this event. Advisories continue to be in place for: Consumers to avoid eating recreationally and commercially caught Dungeness… 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

Coming USDA Catfish Inspections Raise Question: Could Shrimp Be Next?

If food safety put catfish under USDA inspection, can shrimp be far behind? That question is coming into focus this week after one of USDA’s top two food safety officials told a gathering of food policy wonks on Tuesday that the final rule for the agency’s takeover of catfish inspections is coming “a little into… Continue Reading

FDA Warning Letters: Unauthorized Health Claims, Unsafe Food Additives, Seafood Hazards

The latest round of warning letters to food companies from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) went out to major food manufacturer Post Foods, two seafood companies, a juice processor, and a beverage company allegedly found to be using an unsafe food additive. FDA found that Post Foods LLC of Parsippany, NJ, has mislabeled its Post Great Grains… Continue Reading