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

US catfish inspection regulation – a trade barrier

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Feb 18 announced a propose rule for catfish and catfish products inspection. USDA designed these regulation to implement the 11016 provision as required in the US Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm bill 2008)

The Bill addresses two key issues. First, it amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to specify that catfish “is an amenable species,” thereby transferring the inspection and regulation of the fish from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Second, USDA will define which species is catfish for its inspection purposes. Read more of this post

Enhance seafood safety and hygiene inspection

Mr. Phung Huu Hao, Deputy Department of National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance (NAFIQAD) said, this year, NAFIQAD will enhance food safety and hygiene inspection for seafood processing plants with the high frequency.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Department (MARD) proposed key provincial People’s Committee to strongly implement the measures to strengthen and control the local establishments of purchasing and preprocessing Read more of this post

Clearly assign the inspection and monitoring agencies of seafood safety

On 20th December, 2010, the Ministry of Agriculture and RuralDevelopment (MARD) issued Decision No.3408/QD-BNN-QLCL assigningthe organization of inspection and monitoring for the quality ofagricultural materials and the safety of food, agricultural-forestry-fisheryproducts under its management.
Accordingly, the Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH) is responsible for inspecting and monitoring the production, import, transport and export of freshwater, brackish and salt seafood such as finfish, mollusk and other species. Read more of this post

Vietnam: Enhance seafood safety and hygiene inspection

Mr. Phung Huu Hao, Deputy Director of National Fisheries Quality Assurance Department said this year they will enhance food safety and hygiene inspection fro seafood processing plants with higher frequency.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Department (MARD) proposed key provincial People’s Committee to strongly implement the measures to strengthen and control the local establishments of purchasing and preprocessing; Read more of this post

Vietnam: Tightens Down on Food Safety Inspections after Violations

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) has warned shrimp processors that inspections are going to increase in 2011.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged people’s committees in key provinces in the Mekong River Delta to step up oversight of processing plants.  It also told local authorities to work closely with relevant agencies to penalize violators, especially those that inject “extraneous materials” into raw shrimp.  These incidents have been reported widely in Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Kien Giang provinces, with NAFIQAD saying 25 processing plants, mostly in the four provinces, were caught doing it in January 2011!  MARD has ordered NAFIQAD to coordinate inspections with local agencies in the four provinces to make sure that products do not contain extraneous matter.

NAFIQAD will set up a process for inspecting all shrimp products for quality and safety and MARD will then approve all products before they are exported!

Following an inspection of 30 Vietnamese processing companies last month, Ukraine’s State Committee for Veterinary Medicine approved only ten of them.  Analysts said Ukraine’s high quality requirements could pose a big challenge for Vietnamese exporters.

 

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USDA publishes catfish-inspection rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday published the much-anticipated rule for inspecting and grading domestic and imported catfish.

The measure would charge the USDA with inspecting catfish under the agency’s Federal Meat Inspection Act; inspections would be mandatory. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is responsible for inspecting domestic and imported seafood. 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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