Europe Worries about Pangasius Safety and Labeling Fraud

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.  Citing studies by non-profit food safety groups, the Independent reported European-wide concerns over labeling fraud and the safety of Chinese and Vietnamese-farmed fish. The European Union is seeking higher food safety standards in Asia amid concerns over unhealthy pangasius cheap cialis farming conditions.  The World Wildlife Fund has found: “Farms are sometimes constructed and/or operated outside the legal framework for addressing environmental, social and food safety issues.” The EU is also funding a “Labelfish” project to DNA test species sold to consumers. In the United States, the problem of mislabeled fish sold to American consumers has been the subject of many investigative news reports in recent years.  Although such fraud continues to gain attention, the problem persists with little or no government action.  As much as 50 percent of seafood offered on U.S. restaurant menus is not the species listed, according to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times and, most recently, Fox News.

USDA’s Planned $10 Million Catfish Purchase Earns Praise From Catfish Farmers of America

usda logoMay 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. ”We are proud the USDA is choosing U.S. Farmed-Raised Catfish to provide nutritious and safe meals to Americans in need,” said Ben Pentecost, CFA President. “The USDA’s purchase will provide a tremendous economic benefit to the U.S. catfish industry while encouraging domestic consumption. We look forward to working with the USDA as they begin the purchasing process.”  The USDA’s Section 32 program allows the federal agency to purchase and donate meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables and fish to domestic nutrition programs for low-income Americans.

For More Information:
The Catfish Institute

Southeastern Raptor Center to release bald eagle May 11

Southeastern Raptor Center to release bald eagle May 11 
The Southeastern Raptor Center in Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will release a bald eagle back into the wild at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center on North College Street in Auburn. The event is open to the public. To park, visitors should use the main entrance to the Fisheries Center, located across the street from Tivoli Subdivision, and park in the designated area. Raptor center volunteers will direct parking. The adult bald eagle, found nearly a year ago in one of the Fisheries’ ponds, will be released near the location where it was found. Read the release for more information.


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