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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.

Sep
9
2013

Chinese Chicken

September 9, 2013 — Chicken nuggets approved for processing in China for export to American consumers will likely not meet U.S. food safety standards, according to Shanghai-based Adam Minter, a news correspondent for Bloomberg World View.

Aug
19
2013

PFG Promo

August 19, 2013 — Performance Foodservice and The Catfish Institute have partnered to discover which restaurant serves America’s favorite U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.

Aug
1
2013

National Catfish Month

August 1, 2013 — To honor the hard work and innovations of America’s catfish farmers, the month of August was designated by congress as National Catfish Month. Happy Catfish Month!

Jul
8
2013

Food Import Inspections Fall as Foodborne Diseases Rise

July 8, 2013 — The safety of imported food is “largely unverified” due to a lack of funds, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its agency, the Food and Drug Administration, recently told Congress.

Jul
1
2013

New MS COOL Law

July 1, 2013 — Effective today, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for catfish and catfish-like species became stronger, thanks to support from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, legislative leaders and the state’s catfish industry.

Jun
26
2013

U.S. Catfish the Safe, Green Choice

June 26, 2013 — U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is the best choice compared to imported basa or tra, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports. U.S. Catfish are a “healthy, well managed” fish raised on environmentally friendly farms.

Jun
10
2013

Consumer Groups Support USDA Catfish Oversight

June 10, 2013 — As the United States Senate debates the 2013 Farm Bill,
legislators should consider the reasons consumers will benefit from transferring oversight of catfish and catfish-like species from the FDA to the USDA:

May
31
2013

REMINDER: WPI Regional Industry Meetings

In the last few years, there has been unprecedented volatility in the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry. From meetings held in 2012 and early 2013, it has become clear that a unified approach to the future of the industry is needed.

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