Meetings scheduled for proposed catfish rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday announced that it will hold two meetings to solicit public comment on a proposed rule transferring regulation of domestic and imported catfish from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to the USDA.

Published in February, the rule stems from a measure included in the 2008 Farm Bill charging the USDA with inspecting catfish under the agency’s Federal Meat Inspection Act; inspections would be mandatory. Read more of this post

USDA will hold two public comment meetings on proposed mandatory catfish inspection rule

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is announcing that it will hold 2 public meeting to receive comments on the proposed regulation ti implement a program for mandatory inspection of catfish and catfish products.

The proposed rule provides for a transition period during which domestic and international operations would come into compliance with the catfish inspection program. Comments are requested regarding the transition phases and their duration. FSIS plans to announce in the final rule the implementation dates for each transition phase. Read more of this post

FDA reveals two new regulations to enforce food safety

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced two new regulation to help ensure food safety and security in the country. They are the first to be issued under the new authorities of the agency under the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA), which was passed in January and will take affect on 3 July.

The first regulation reinforces the FDA power to prevent potentially unsafe foods from entering the market and allows the seizure of food believed to have been produced under unsafe conditions, even without credible evidence. Read more of this post

Pangasius: Regulatory hurdles and name changes have so far not stopped this import’s rising popularity

What’s in a name? When it comes to pangasius, it seems, a lot. Its on-again, off-again and maybe now on-again, classification as catfish is at the center of an attempt by domestic catfish farmers to strictly regulate a strong imported competitor. Meanwhile, the multiple accepted names for the imported species sold in the U.S. market (Pangasius hypophthalmus), which include striped pangasius, sutchi, tra and swai, have hampered its ability to stand alone as a product recognized by the average U.S. consumer. Read more of this post

Catfish Confusion and Wasted Resources – Food Safety or Food Politics?

The 2008 Farm Bill sanctioned the movement of catfish regulation from FDA to USDA/FSIS. At the time this was enacted it raised the question of the rationale behind the decision and if such a change was in the best interest of public health. Observers of food regulation will recognize that a fundamental difference between USDA and FDA is that USDA operates on a continuous inspection basis requirement a regular, if not constant, presence of inspectors, whereas FDA does not. Read more of this post

QVD applauds McCain pangasius bill

QVD Aquaculture sent a letter to U.S. senator John McCain over his bill to rescind a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill that aims to inhibit Vietnamese catfish imports as well as catfish imports of other potential trade partners.

The full letter is below: Read more of this post

Catfish, Pangasius and Joke’s on American consumers

During last month’s State of the Union address, U.S. President Barack Obama cited salmon as a shining example of government inefficiency: “The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in salt water. I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.”

Obama’s joke — perhaps the most memorable moment of his 62-minute speech — Read more of this post

Vietnam – US: Catfish-inspection rule draws criticism

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) and the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) on Friday responded to the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s much-anticipated rule for inspecting domestic and imported catfish.

The rule stems from a measure in the 2008 Farm Bill that would charge the USDA with inspecting catfish. Currently, it’s the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s responsibility. The rule had been delayed for more than two years. Read more of this post

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