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.
April 23, 2013 — “In 2008, Congress transferred catfish inspections to the U.S. Department of Agriculture from the Food and Drug Administration and the National Marine Fisheries Service,” explained Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, in a statement disputing seafood importers’ assertions echoed in a recent GAO report that the move duplicates costs.
April 16, 2013 — “It’s no secret that importers bringing foreign fish into the U.S. are using their deep pockets to cloud this issue,” stated Ben Pentecost, president of the Catfish Farmers of America in a statement refuting the accuracy of a study recently issued by the U.S. General Accountability Office.
March 19, 2013 — Across-the-board federal “sequestration” budget cuts mean 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and increased risks for consumers, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.