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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.


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.


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.


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).

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