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USDA's FSIS to hold meetings on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON and STONEVILLE — The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will hear public comments tomorrow in Washington, D.C., on the proposed regulations for increasing catfish inspections and regulations. The most critical decision by FSIS will be whether all or only some catfish will be covered under the new regulation shifting responsibility for the inspection and regulation of catfish from ...

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Cochran: GAO report critical of FDA inspections

WASHINGTON — A critical Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the inspection of seafood imported into the United States gives credence to the argument that the federal government must do more to protect American consumers, according to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The GAO released a report titled “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage ...

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Catfish industry 'stunned' by McCain proposal

WASHNGTON — A proposal by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal a law making all catfish safer for American consumers ignores numerous findings of banned substances in imported catfish products and favors inadequate food safety requirements, according to Catfish Farmers of America. “It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese farmers over the health and ...

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Catfish industry enthusiastic about new inspection regulations

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America are applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recommending implementation of a law requiring tough new inspections and regulation of all catfish sold in America. “We are extremely pleased that the USDA has recommended stricter regulation of catfish which will mean greater protection for American consumers,” said Joey Lowery, president of the Catfish ...

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Study: Imported fish pose public health hazard

The Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) last week released the findings of a study evaluating the risks associated with eating catfish. The report, conducted by Exponent, backs CFA’s prior claims that imported fish bring greater risks to public health than domestic aquaculture and that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) should conduct catfish inspections. Based on its review of the ...

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Catfish industry wants USDA inspections

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 handle the nation’s demand for ...

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