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Archives January 2013

Jan
28
2013

Australian Seafood Labeling Laws Gain Momentum

Concerns over the safety of Asian imports are not limited to here in the United States. In recent years, some Australian states and territories have passed legislation to require restaurants to identify whether the seafood they serve is Australian-sourced or imported. Consumers’ support for such labeling and their preference for local seafood has led to a call for national country of origin labeling (COOL) for all seafood served in Australia’s restaurants.

Jan
21
2013

Quality of Chinese Tilapia Declines

China’s fish farms, which produce 70 percent of the world’s aquaculture, are having increasing problems with tilapia production due to disease, poor water quality and overuse of antibiotics. Since the United States is the largest single market for Chinese tilapia, consumers should look at the country of origin of tilapia sold in supermarkets and ask restaurants where their tilapia comes from.

Jan
10
2013

2012 Reveals Toxic Brew of Asian Fish Imports

With a total of 70 FDA Import Refusal actions during the year 2012, Asian farmed tilapia led all refusal actions against white fish species often substituted for U.S. Farmed-Raised Catfish. During the year, chronic, decade-long problems continued with imported channel catfish (28 refusals, with 26 Chinese-sourced) as well as imported pangasius (17 refusals).

Jan
3
2013

A Healthy U.S. Catfish Industry Will Help Secure a Healthy America in 2013

“As we look forward to a new year, let’s remember the value of healthy, domestic aquaculture producers who provide safe, high-quality products for our nation’s consumers,” said Roger Barlow, president of The Catfish Institute. “Our U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry accounts for 60% of all domestically farmed seafood, generates $300 million annually for American farmers, and contributes $1.2 billion each year to our economy.”

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