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USDA to send final rule on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he intends to keep pressure on the Obama administration to fully establish a catfish inspection program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cochran took part in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing last week regarding implementation of the 2014 farm bill. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified ...

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Undersecretary: 'I understand the frustration' over catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has received word that the U.S. Department of Agriculture could complete a final rule for implementing a catfish inspection program by this October, Cochran reports in a release. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA undersecretary for food safety, today told Cochran the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is committed to issuing a final rule ...

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Senator presses ag secretary again on fish inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has once again pressed the U.S. secretary of agriculture to explain why a catfish inspection program authorized five years ago has not been implemented. Cochran, who has been fighting to ensure a fair and level playing field for U.S. catfish producers, raised the issue again with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a ...

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Senator 'encourages' FDA administrator to start catfish inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has encouraged the head of the Food and Drug Administration to work with her federal counterparts to implement a catfish inspection program that ensures foreign imports are safe for consumers. Cochran addressed the catfish inspection issue, as well as impending menu nutrition labeling regulations, during a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to ...

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Catfish Institute: FDA refusals of imported fish soaring in 2012

JACKSON — Citing banned drugs and “unsafe additives,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused more shipments of imported catfish during the first half of 2012 than for all of 2011, according to The Catfish Institute. An analysis of FDA data by The Catfish Institute found 25 catfish import refusals during January 2012 through June 2012, compared to 19 ...

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Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

WASHINGTON — As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today presented testimony at a public ...

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Catfish industry touting 'Today Show' investigation

WASHINGTON — The catfish industry is pointing to a recent airing of NBC’s “Today Show” as more proof the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s inspection system for imported seafood is weak. Many Americans are eating foreign catfish and other seafood tainted with chemicals that could cause cancer, birth defects and other serious health problems, according to an investigation aired Nov. ...

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Catfish industry launches campaign

JACKSON — The Catfish Farmers of America has launched a major advertising and public safety awareness campaign urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enact a Congressionally-approved law requiring all imported catfish to meet the same stringent health and safety standards as imported beef, poultry and pork. “We’ve launched this campaign because of the urgency of this health and ...

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