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.
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.
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.
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.
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.