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Recovery in U.S. Seafood Consumption Seen

The deep recession that drove down disposable incomes and led to tighter family budgets, fewer restaurant meals and the substitution of cheaper protein sources for more expensive seafood may very well be ending.


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.


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.


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).


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.”


U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Exhibits at 2012 Boston Seafood Show

The Catfish Institute continued its promotion of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish at the 2012 Boston International Seafood Show, held March 11-13, 2012. The annual trade show brings together a global audience of 16,000 seafood buyers and more than 800 exhibitors – the largest event of its kind.


Catfish Farmers of America urge immediate USDA inspections of all catfish products: All Catfish Should be Treated Equally.

The Catfish Farmers of America is urging Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to enact provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill approved by Congress ensuring that all catfish products – domestic and imported — meet the health and safety standards that Americans have come to expect from USDA regulations and inspections of beef, poultry and pork. […]

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