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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
May 16, 2013 — Ireland’s Food Safety Authority found that one-third or more of “cod” sold in Dublin is actually cheaper, mislabeled species including Vietnamese-farmed pangasius (basa, tra and swai) and Chinese-raised tilapia, the Irish Independent reported.
May 10, 2013 — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) today offered praise for the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service, which announced plans Wednesday to purchase up to $10 million in frozen U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish for federal food nutrition assistance programs, including charitable institutions.
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.