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Feb
13
2014

New Farm Bill Brings USDA Inspections and Insurance to U.S. Catfish Farmers

The Catfish Institute and Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) applaud House and Senate lawmakers for reaching agreement on a new five-year farm bill that reauthorizes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program and creates a crop insurance program for catfish. The new bill was signed into law by President Obama on February 7.

Jan
16
2014

Europeans Shun “Controversial” Pangasius

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Dec
23
2013

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Nov
21
2013

Imported Catfish Tops List of “12 Fish You Should Never, Ever Eat”

The nonprofit organization Food and Water Watch recently studied every available variety of seafood currently on the market in the U.S. to determine which they would recommend for consumption, and which should be avoided at all cost.

Nov
18
2013

Asian Celebrity Chef Struggles to Find Safe Food in Vietnam

Celebrity chef Bobby Chinn, whose television show airs across Asia, recently told reporters of his difficulty finding safe, accurately labeled food to serve in his two Vietnamese restaurants.

Nov
5
2013

Arsenic in Vietnamese Fresh Water Highlights Pollution Dangers

“The ever-expanding gravity and danger” of pollution and “environmental degradation” raises health risks and costs for Vietnamese citizens, a recent government conference concluded. The severity of Vietnam’s water pollution – including arsenic and lead found in fresh water and in products made with water – is driving up the cost of the communist nation’s healthcare.

Oct
21
2013

Catfish Health Benefits Touted by LIVESTRONG Organization

An article on LIVESTRONG.com recently touted the many benefits of catfish as part of a healthy diet, citing studies conducted by the USDA, and two professional studies published in medical journals.

Oct
5
2013

Federal Shutdown Hobbles Food Import Inspections

The Federal Government shutdown is leading to cuts in imported food inspections because the Food and Drug Administration lacks the funds to operate fully, reports Food Poisoning Bulletin. The FDA is responsible for the safety of imported seafood including Asian-farmed catfish and the catfish-like species pangasius (basa, tra and swai) frequently sold as catfish in restaurants.

Sep
30
2013

America’s Catfish Farmers Harmed by Unfair Dumping of Vietnamese Fish

The U.S. Department of Commerce has determined that fish producers in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam have been unfairly selling the catfish-like species pangasius (basa, tra and swai) in the United States at prices below true market value. This “dumping” of fish, often sold in restaurants as catfish, has seriously harmed the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Industry. Americans eat more than 70 percent of catfish they consume in restaurants.

Sep
19
2013

Formaldehyde Found in Vietnamese and Chinese Fish in NC

At least 25 percent of fish imported from Asian countries — predominately Vietnam and China — purchased at Raleigh, North Carolina area supermarkets contained formaldehyde, Food Safety News reported. The levels of formaldehyde in the fish, found and confirmed by private and North Carolina State University researchers, were higher than the minute traces of the carcinogenic chemical found in nature. The levels found in the tainted fish are banned for use in food within the United States.

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