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FDA sends warning letter to Vietnam over importer’s seafood HACCP

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Vietnam’s Ba Hai Company Limited received a warning letter dated March 21, 2017 from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over its fish and fishery products examined at  an importer located in the United States. FDA inspected the Crystal Cove Seafood Corporation in Floral Park, NY last Oct. 13 to assess the importer’s compliance… Continue Reading

Company recalls lizard fish amidst unresolved FDA warning

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A Brooklyn, NY, fish company that has an unresolved warning letter from FDA because of food safety problems at its facility is recalling lizard fish because it may be contaminated with the bacteria that causes botulism poisoning. Arcadia Trading Inc. is recalling 34 cartons of lizard fish imported from Vietnam that was distributed nationwide to… Continue Reading

Salmonella spurs Illinois company to recall frozen shrimp

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A Northbrook, IL, company is recalling an undisclosed amount of frozen shrimp imported from Vietnam and distributed in nine states because of Salmonella contamination. Censea Inc., also known as Central Seaway Co. Inc., is recalling “A-PAC” brand headless shell on black tiger shrimp from restaurants, retailers and wholesalers after tests by the Arizona Department of… Continue Reading

Food & Water Watch urges continuation of catfish inspections

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An activist group says the rejection of 40,000 pounds of catfish from Vietnam is the best evidence possible that Congress should not kill the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new inspection program. “The (USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service) catfish inspection program is working and needs to continue in operation because it is preventing foodborne illness… Continue Reading

U.S. importer expands recall of Swai fillets from Vietnam

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A California company has added more than a ton of fish from Vietnam to its ongoing recall, bringing the amount of individually frozen Swai fillets now subject to recall to almost 28,000 pounds. The Santa Anna, CA, company — U.S. Cato Holdings Inc. — distributed the newly recalled 2,235 pounds of imported fish to retailers… Continue Reading

UPDATED: Importer recalls fish from Vietnam that went to Aldi stores

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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. Almost 26,000 pounds of Sea Queen brand Swai fillets from Vietnam are being recalled because they… Continue Reading

Seafood Processors From Around the World Receive FDA Warning Letters

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Foreign seafood processors in Ecuador, Portugal, Malaysia, Spain and Vietnam have, in the past month or so, have received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All face the possibility of having their fish or fish products detained at the U.S. border without any physical examination unless FDA’s concerns are addressed. And,… Continue Reading

U.S. Makes Top 10 List of Worst Food Safety Violators

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According to the global food source monitoring company Food Sentry, the U.S. was one of the top 10 countries with the most food safety violations in 2013. In 2013, Food Sentry added more than 3,400 verified instances of food safety violations associated with products exported from 117 different countries. The incident data were gathered from… Continue Reading

Formaldehyde Detected in Supermarket Fish Imported from Asia

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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

Vietnam Urged To Enlist Public in Food Safety Campaign

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Vietnam last year recorded 142 incidents of food poisoning, causing 25 deaths and sending more than 3,560 people to the hospital, the English-language Viet Nam News reports. The newspaper reported on a workshop last week where Vietnam’s food safety was debated with the possibility of the government opening up much more information to the public…. Continue Reading