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Sep
3
2014

Avoid Chicken and Tilapia From China

“I would not eat food from China,” said Michael Doyle, Professor
of Microbiology at the University of Georgia and a food safety advisor to the FDA
and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Aug
21
2014

Traceability is One Key to Safe Seafood

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.

Aug
1
2014

August is National Catfish Month

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
24
2014

Drug-resistant “Bug” in Imported Seafood Poses “Public Health Emergency”

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.

Jul
9
2014

California Senate Passes Seafood Fraud Legislation

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.

Jun
24
2014

National Catfish Day is June 25th

Celebrate National Catfish Day with a meal of locally grown, healthy and delicious U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.

Jun
18
2014

FDA and EPA Encourage Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women to eat Low Mercury Fish

US Catfish

May
29
2014

Accurate Labeling of Catfish Is the Law

Accurate labeling of catfish and catfish-like species is required by law. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines “catfish” for marketing purposes as members of the taxonomic family ictaluridae, commonly known as channel catfish. Asian fish such as basa, tra, swai and pangasius, on the other hand, are members of the taxonomic family pangasiidae. It is illegal to label them as “catfish” under federal law.

May
8
2014

Toxic Pollution Renders Much of China Unsafe for Aquaculture and Crops

Sixteen percent of land tested in China is unsafe for use in agriculture due to industrial pollutants, including arsenic and radioactive cadmium, according to a Chinese study recently released. As a result, an area the size of Belgium cannot be used to grow crops.

May
2
2014

Miss Catfish 2014

Victoria Jewel Abraham is 2014 Miss Catfish BELZONI, Miss. – Victoria Jewel Abraham is the new Miss Catfish. Victoria, a nursing student at Mississippi Delta Community College, was selected 2014 Miss Catfish during the World Catfish Festival in early April. She succeeds Taylor Barret, 2013 Miss Catfish. The 20-year-old daughter of Jamel Abraham and Patty […]

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