May 26, 2024

Public Health Alert For Catfish Imported From China Issued

A public health alert for catfish imported from China has been issued by the USDA. These fish were illegally imported from the People's Republic of China and are not eligible for import into the United States. No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received to date in connection with the consumption of this fish. The frozen Siluriformes products were not certified for export to the U.S. by the government of China as being produced under equivalent inspection, they do not identify a certified establishment number, and they were not presented for import reinspection. These factors make the fish unfit for human consumption. The product is 12 ounce (340 gram) plastic packages containing "FROZEN STRIPED PANGASIUS MAWS." The fish package does not have any establishment … [Read more...]

Seafood Delight Frozen Catfish Steak Recalled Because Ineligible

Seafood Delight Frozen Catfish Steak is being recalled because the product was imported from India, a company that is ineligible to export this siluriforme product to the United States. No adverse reactions or illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of this fish. The recalling firms are Delight Foods USA LLC in Jersey City, New Jersey and Delight Foods LLC, a distributor and importer of record in San Jose, California. There are about 2,961 pounds of raw, frozen siluriformes products included in this recall. The recalled product is 908 gram (2 pound) plastic packages containing Seafood Delight Fresh Frozen Catfish Steak IF frozen fish. The fish package does not have an establishment number or a USDA mark of inspection. The fish was … [Read more...]

USDA’s Catfish Inspection Program Stops Unsafe Shipment

A press release from Food & Water Watch states that last week, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stopped more than 40,000 pounds of unsafe catfish products from being imported into the United States from Vietnam. The shipment tested positive for malachite green, a drug that is banned for use in food animals in this country because it is potentially carcinogenic. That compound is used in farm fisheries as an anti fungal agent and an antimicrobial. Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch said in a statement, "since FSIS took over inspection of both domestic and imported siluriformes and catfish in April 2016, the agency has taken actions to protect consumers." In May 2016, a shipper from China refused to let FSIS inspect his shipment of catfish … [Read more...]

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