December 5, 2016

Import Alert on Shrimp and Prawns from Malaysia

The FDA has announced an import alert on shrimp and prawns from Peninsular Malaysia. Testing has found that one-third of the imports of these types of seafood from that area contain residues of nitrofurans and/or chloramphenicol. Nitrofurans and chloramphenicol are antibiotics, and both are considered carcinogens. FDA testing last year discovered an increase in shipments of Malaysian shrimp and prawns containing residues of these drugs. The drugs are considered contaminants, therefore the seafood is adulterated and not permitted in the United States marketplace. FDA has taken steps in the past to prevent companies with "violative shipments" from continuing to import seafood by placing them on existing Import Alerts. That means the companies' future shipments may be detained without … [Read more...]

Long-Awaited Catfish Inspection Rules Caught Up in Controversy

Years in the making, the USDA's new inspection rule for catfish and other Siluriformes are already caught up in controversy. The rule, which becomes effective March 2016, applies to both domestically-raised and imported Siluriformes was mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill. Up until now, catfish, and other Siluriformes, were regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which regulates all food products accept meat, poultry and some egg products. The new U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) rule marks the beginning of an 18-month transition fro oversight of the fish. “FSIS is committed to a smooth and gradual introduction to the new inspection program, which was mandated by the 2014 Farm Bill,” said Al Almanza, USDA Deputy Under … [Read more...]

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