To help effectively investigate, remove unsafe seafood products from the market, and develop new prevention strategies, the FDA relies on illness reporting from public health officials and healthcare providers. While most foodborne outbreaks are trackedContinue Reading How to report seafood-related toxin and Scombrotoxin fish poisoning illnesses
Consumer Reports: Tests Find 60 Percent of Frozen Shrimp Contaminated With Bacteria
A new Consumer Reports (CR) study released Friday found that 60 percent of 342 samples of frozen shrimp it tested contained Salmonella, Vibrio, Listeria, or E. coli, and 2 percent tested…
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Louisiana Senator’s Bill Seeks to Enhance the Safety of Imported Seafood
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) introduced a bill this past week that would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to ensure the safety of imported seafood. According to the American Shrimp Processors Association…
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Formaldehyde Detected in Supermarket Fish Imported from Asia
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…
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Preventive Controls: Daunting for Some, Standard Procedure for Seafood
The concept of “preventive controls” is an anxiety-producing one for many FDA-regulated food companies right now as the agency prepares to issue a final rule that will make hazard-prevention measures mandatory for processing facilities. As …
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Looking Upstream: Seafood Traceability in a Global Economy
Early this year, the discovery that horsemeat was being substituted for beef in some European foods triggered widespread concern over food fraud in the EU. This substitution, deemed the “horsemeat scandal,” was eventually determined to…
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FDA Adds Lionfish to List of Fish That May Carry Ciguatoxins
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 In a draft guidance for industry published in the Federal Register, the U.S.
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Seafood Fraud: A Threat to Your Health, or Just Your Pocketbook?
A new study has found that over one-third of the fish carried by New York City grocery stores and restaurants are falsely labeled. These findings, published last week by ocean advocacy group Oceana, add…
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Scientist Defends Research on Heavy Metals in Oysters
In the two years since the BP oil spill, most scientific research on its effects falls into one of two categories — seafood safety or environmental damage.
Now there are signs science is moving beyond…
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Food Pathogen Interventions: Spotlight on UV
Editor’s Note: This article is part of a series on new and novel food pathogen interventions, based on presentations at the Food Pathogen Interventions Symposium in Seattle, WA on April 27, 2011.
Last week, a…
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