The federal government is taking comments for 30 days about whether China, Vietnam and Thailand should be listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) as eligible to export Siluriformes fish to the United States.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is asking for comments about its newly proposed rule to open the United…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found Thailand’s food safety inspection system for fish of the order Siluriformes (catfish) to be equivalent to that of the United States. Thailand joins China and Vietnam in achieving equivalency status for catfish. Another dozen or more countries also export catfish to the U.S. by providing additional information for…

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.…

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…

CatfishSwimmingMainMississippi’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, …

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.…

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…

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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 …

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…

calendar2016_406x250It’s impossible to say what will be the big food safety story of 2016. The ultimate unpredictable is what foodborne outbreaks will dominate the headlines and how they may impact policy decisions. But we’ve done our best to list the regulatory activities to keep on your radar for the coming year. FSMA: The Food Safety…