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May
2
2013

New Legislation to Fight Seafood Fraud, Improve Safety

May 2, 2013 — The “Safety and Fraud Enforcement Act for Seafood” (HR 1012) introduced by U.S. Representative Ed Markey (D-MA) to fight seafood labeling fraud and improve seafood import inspections is gaining bi-partisan support. Congressmen Walter Jones (R-NC), Jo Bonner (R-AL) and eleven other House Members have co-sponsored the bill, to-date.

Apr
23
2013

House Ag Chair: GAO Wrong on Catfish Inspections

April 23, 2013 — “In 2008, Congress transferred catfish inspections to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service,” explained Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, in a statement disputing seafood importers’ assertions echoed in a recent GAO report that the move duplicates costs.

Apr
4
2013

Pangasius and Tilapia Imports Grow

April 16, 2013 — “It’s no secret that importers bringing foreign fish into the U.S. are using their deep pockets to cloud this issue,” stated Ben Pentecost, president of the Catfish Farmers of America in a statement refuting the accuracy of a study recently issued by the U.S. General Accountability Office.

Apr
4
2013

Pangasius and Tilapia Imports Grow

Mar
27
2013

MS COOL Bill Update

March 27, 2013 — Earlier this month, Mississippi amended its catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin of catfish-like pangasius (also sold as basa, tra and swai) served to customers.

Mar
19
2013

Fed Budget Cuts Imperil Seafood Import Safety

March 19, 2013 — Across-the-board federal “sequestration” budget cuts mean 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and increased risks for consumers, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

Mar
14
2013

TCI Returns to Boston Seafood Show

March 14, 2013 — The Catfish Institute carried its promotion of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish to Boston this week for the 2013 International Boston Seafood Show, held March 10-12 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Mar
6
2013

AARP Recommends Catfish as Superfood

March 6, 2013 — Catfish is among six species AARP Magazine cited in its February/March 2013 issue as “packed with disease fighting nutrients.” Specifically, AARP says catfish:

Mar
1
2013

Fox News Covers Seafood Labeling Fraud

March 1, 2013 — The problem of mislabeled fish sold to American consumers has been the subject of many investigative news reports in recent years. Although such fraud continues to gain attention, the problem persists. As much as 50-percent of seafood offered on restaurant menus is not the species listed, according to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and, most recently, Fox News.

Feb
19
2013

Senators Urge Fed to Level Playing Field for Catfish

February 19, 2013 — U.S. Senators from Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi urged the Obama Administration to enforce U.S. trade laws and protect American catfish growers from an increasing flood of low-cost Asian imports.

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