Brazil has halted pangasius imports from Vietnam due to sanitary
concerns (such as bacterial contaminants and pesticides) and worries about diseased
Twenty-two percent of the world’s seafood is mislabeled, according to Oceana, the largest organization focused on protecting oceans and seafood safety. These findings of a new global study are consistent with surveys that find between 25 and 50 percent of seafood sold by U.S. retailers is mislabeled.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that bacteria highly resistant to carbapenem, an antibiotic of last resort, were recently found by Canadian researchers in squid imported from South Korea that was for sale in a grocery store. The global emergence of carbapenem-resistant organisms is a “public health emergency,” according to research published by the CDC.
The California Senate recently passed legislation to make it unlawful for any person to knowingly sell or offer to sell at wholesale or retail any fresh, frozen, or processed food fish or shellfish without accurately identifying the species. A violation would be punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. The bill (S.B. 1138), modeled on similar legislation passed in the state of Washington, now goes to the California Assembly for consideration.