Posts Tagged ‘imports’

Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

by For the MBJ Published: July 1,2011

Tags: aquaculture, catfish, federal government, food, food safety, imports, public safety

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official […] [...]

Lawmakers protest Taiwan’s ban on U.S. beef

by For the MBJ Published: April 11,2011

Tags: agriculture, beef, cattle, exports, food safety, imports, international trade, livestock

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) have sent a bipartisan letter to Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou regarding recent efforts to restrict U.S. beef exports to Taiwan. The letter was signed by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The senators wrote, in part: “This past January, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration […] [...]

Catfish industry disturbed by GAO report

by Wally Northway Published: March 6,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, fish, food, food safety, imports, labeling

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America says it welcomes streamlining U.S. government regulation of America’s food supply chain, but warns that back-peddling on critical seafood safety inspections and regulations will put consumers at greater risk. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office questions the cost of transferring the regulation of catfish from the […] [...]

Companies agree to pay $2M to settle EPA lawsuit

by Associated Press Published: March 3,2011

Tags: engines, environment, federal government, imports, sales

GOLDEN — Three Mississippi companies have agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims they illegally imported and sold more than 78,000 small engines made in China. The engines did not meet federal air pollution standards, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice said in a joint news release. The government’s lawsuit was […] [...]

Lawmakers want furniture imports investigated

by Wally Northway Published: September 9,2010

Tags: antidumping, furniture, imports, manufacturing

WASHINGTON — Several members of the Mississippi congressional delegation have asked federal authorities to investigate whether Chinese and other foreign furniture importers and exporters are skirting antidumping trade restrictions—practices that have hurt Mississippi wooden furniture makers in the past. U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker and U.S. Representatives Bennie Thompson and Travis Childers have […] [...]

Lawmakers want protection from imported drywall

by Wally Northway Published: November 19,2009

Tags: construction, construction materials, imports, product quality

Sen. Thad Cochran (R.Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have joined in asking the federal government to help protect Mississippi consumers from companies and individuals offering questionable solutions for contaminated drywall imported from China. In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) chairman Jon Leibowitz, the Mississippi senators joined in formally asking the FTC to investigate […] [...]

Groups, congressman call for USDA inspections

by Wally Northway Published: July 30,2009

Tags: agriculture, federal agency, food safety, imports

In letters sent recently to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, three of the nation’s food safety watchdog groups and a U.S. congressman voiced their support for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspections for domestic and imported catfish species, as mandated by the 2008 Farm Bill. The first letter was sent jointly by the Consumer Federation […] [...]

Catfish industry wants USDA inspections

by Wally Northway Published: July 27,2009

Tags: aquaculture, food inspections, food safety, goverment, imports

JACKSON — Because consumer confidence in safe and healthy seafood is critical, the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry maintains its support for USDA inspections. U.S. consumers currently believe that their seafood is subject to the same rigorous inspection standards as those imposed on meat and poultry products, but current FDA inspection programs are hardly adequate to […] [...]

Hood: Beware Chinese drywall

by Wally Northway Published: July 15,2009

Tags: construction, imports

JACKSON — Mississippi has received multiple complaints of dangerous imported drywall from China being found in their homes, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood in hopes of warning more residents of the problem. “Our office has received several complaints on Chinese drywall,” said Hood. “We are investigating these complaints, and encourage other consumers who may be […] [...]

NAFTA numbers decrease again

by Wally Northway Published: July 2,2009

Tags: exports, imports, trade, transportation

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 33.1 percent lower in April 2009 than in April 2008, dropping to $49.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). April was the fourth consecutive month with a yearly decline […] [...]

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