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

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

Seeking Vietnam pubic comment on protecting pangasius

Vietnamese community, particularly operators in the seafood industry, need to immediately take action to protect Vietnamese pangasius against the unreasonable and duplicative inspection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking to public comment on defining “catfish”. Accordingly, all fish called “catfish” will be put under the USDA’s new stringent inspection program, in stead of being regulated by Food and Drug Administration (FDA), so far. 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

Catfish wars heat up over inspection feud

U.S. catfish farmers thought they had pulled off a coup when they persuaded Congress a few years ago to require tougher federal inspections for the whiskered fish.

It’s not that they were clamouring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which U.S. producers have long argued are unsafe. 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


“Mr. President, I’m pleased to be joined by my colleague, Senator Coburn, in introducing legislation to repeal duplicative federal regulations relating to the inspection and grading of catfish.  Specifically, our bill would rescind a provision in the 2008 Farm Bill, Section 11016 of P.L.  110-246, which aims to inhibit Vietnamese catfish imports as well as catfish imports of other potential trade partners. Read more of this post

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