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Oct 9 - Pangasius Import Volumes Recover Somewhat After USDA Equivalence Ruling for Vietnam


Oct 2 - Catfish Craze Comes to Captain D's Restaurants With a Delicious, Craveable Variety of Catfish Meals


Sep 17 - USDA Approves Vietnam, China, Thailand Catfish Exports, Says They Meet Equivalent US Standards


Sep 5 - Consolidated Catfish Producers Hires New Director of Sales, Marketing Communication Specialist


Aug 21 - Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat


May 23 - Alaska Sea Grant Helps Southern Catfish Processors Improve Efficiency


Apr 27 - USTR Seeking Comments on Vietnam’s WTO USDA Catfish Program Complaint


Apr 11 - Basa (Pangasius) Meeting in China with Vietnamese Focuses on Market Development, Continuing Shortage


Mar 20 - Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program


Mar 16 - VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018


Mar 12 - 69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA


Mar 6 - USDA Clears Vietnam to Continue Exporting Pangasius, 3 Counties Qualify to Move to Plant Inspection


Feb 28 - USDA’s Catfish Position May be Shifting as Vietnam Goes to WTO, First Step in Retaliatory Action


Jan 10 - More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam


Jan 5 - Nationwide Smuggling Crackdown in China Hits Seafood Importers in 11 cities


Jan 5 - New Year Border Crackdown Means Uncertainty in Vietnamese Seafood Shipments to China


Jan 5 - China Demand For Vietnam Shrimp up 60% in 2017, China Now largest Importer of Pangasius


Dec 18 - Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish


Dec 13 - FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish


Dec 1 - Auburn University Researchers Develop Vaccine to Deadly Catfish Disease


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Pangasius Import Volumes Recover Somewhat After USDA Equivalence Ruling for Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Analysis] by Lorin Castiglione - October 9, 2018

For the first time all year and since government regulation has switched from the FDA to the USDA, pangasius imports are within range of the previous three-year average.

August imports of frozen pangasius fillets registered 22.2 million pounds from Vietnam, the largest monthly import volume for 2018. Volumes have increased again, after a significant 62.3 percent increase for the month of July, gaining another 11.6 percent into the month of August.

August 2018 falls only 3.3 percent short of ...

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Catfish Craze Comes to Captain D's Restaurants With a Delicious, Craveable Variety of Catfish Meals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 2, 2018

Captain D's, one of the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurants, announces the launch of Catfish Craze - an array of delicious dishes designed for guests who are insanely in love with catfish.

"Catfish is a beloved favorite of our guests," Captain D's Vice President of Brand Marketing Dawn Foster said in a press release. "It's a part of our everyday menu, but it's exciting when we are able to bring new ways for catfish lovers to enjoy it at Captain D's."

This craveable catfish line-up includes new ...

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Consolidated Catfish Producers Hires New Director of Sales, Marketing Communication Specialist

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - September 5, 2018

The Consolidated Catfish Producers have added new members to their team. Food industry veteran Joe Forrester will be joining the company as their director of sales, while Carolyn Ann Sledge will be coming on as a marketing communications specialist.

Forrester joins Consolidated Catfish Producers with over 35 years experience in consumer package goods. His new role will require him to work closely with the Consolidated Catfish Producers team to expand their sales through “innovations” and “new ideas” ...

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Alaska Sea Grant Helps Southern Catfish Processors Improve Efficiency

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - May 23, 2018

Alaska’s seafood processors and Mississipi’s catfish processors have little in common at first glance -- one handles wild-caught seafood in volumes and over time periods largely determined by the fish and the other pulls predictable volumes from the pond with reliable precision. But both benefit from plant efficiencies, which is what brought Alaska Sea Grant’s Chris Sannito to the Mississippi Delta recently.

Invited by researchers looking to improve efficiencies at catfish plants in Mississippi and Alabama, Sannito, a research assistant professor at the UA Fairbanks ...

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Basa (Pangasius) Meeting in China with Vietnamese Focuses on Market Development, Continuing Shortage

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  [dzww.com] Translated by Amy Zhong - April 11, 2018

On March 28 a seminar has been hosted in Wuhan of China about the development of Sino-Vietnamese basa industry. Its participants include representatives for Vietnamese aquaculture facilities and processing plants as well as China’s importers and distributors. These participants have gathered together to share information and talk about market prospect.

China is said to outrun America and become the largest importer of Vietnam’s basa fish in 2017 ...

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VIDEO: US-India WTO Fight; Catfish Recall; Salmon Price Surge; SENA 2018

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 16, 2018

The latest SeafoodNews.com Weekly Recap Video features: Trade complaint against India at the World Trade Organization; 69,000 pounds of catfish fillets recalled due to malachite green; Surge in price for Norwegian salmon has created a problem for buyers; 2018 Seafood Expo North America snowstorm.

This video is sponsored by Urner Barry's Foreign Trade Data.

 

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USDA Clears Vietnam to Continue Exporting Pangasius, 3 Counties Qualify to Move to Plant Inspection

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Jason Huffman  March 6, 2018

Vietnam, China and Thailand all have satisfied the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) first test for continuing to send pangasius to the United States, but two more tests remain.

Just those three of the 14 countries that initially expressed interest in continuing to export siluriformes – the genus of fish that includes pangasius and domestic catfish – to the US will be able to do so. They have successfully filled out their self reporting tools (SRTs) in a way that indicates their approach to guaranteeing the safety of their fish is equivalent to ...

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More China Crack Downs on High-Value Seafood Smuggling From Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Xunjk and ePaper] translated by Amy Zhong - January 10, 2018

Seafood smuggling has long been an open secret in China’s seafood industry. In recent years, the government has taken several measures against these illegal activities. It has signed free trade agreements with foreign countries to reduce tariffs and has also taken action against smugglers. Recently the customs departments have uncovered two large-scale smuggling cases.

On January 2, Nanjing customs cooperated with departments in other regions to seize a seafood smuggling gang that had worked in frozen markets of Wuxi and Kunshan of Jiangsu province. Customs found four suspects and made three arrests. Initial research shows his gang smuggled 8,000 tons of frozen seafood worth 200 million yuan (~$30.1 million USD).

The gang started this business in July of 2013. It worked with a Guangxi team...

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New Year Border Crackdown Means Uncertainty in Vietnamese Seafood Shipments to China

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Undercurrent News] by Louis Harkell  January 5, 2018

Seafood 'grey trade' into China from Vietnam has largely ground to a halt, industry sources told Undercurrent News, after last week's Chinese government-led anti-smuggling operation across 11 cities specifically targeted seafood.

An industry source in Vietnam told Undercurrent that most logistics agents on the Chinese side of the border with Vietnam are now refusing to take seafood from Vietnam smuggled through the grey trade, until they clarify whether the latest crackdown is another flash in the pan or indicates a more substantial shift in Chinese government policy.

“Most of the logistic agents on the China side have stopped picking up cargo as of the year end [and won't pick up anymore] until Jan. 8,” said the source, who did not wish to be quoted by name. “They're waiting to see if the Chinese government has changed rules in the New Year."

On the Chinese messaging app...

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Chinese Farmers Changing from Tilapia to Pangasius Find Themselves with Too Many Fish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan] translated by Amy Zhong - December 18, 2017

Xu, the president for a freshwater fish aquaculture cooperative in Maoming city of Guangdong asked Agricultural Wealth, an influential magazine in the South China, for help on Dec. 14. Farmers in this cooperative are very upset because there are no buyers for about 400,000 jin (200,000 kg) of basa fish  stocked in local ponds. These fish weigh between one to five jin (0.5 to 2.5 kg) each and some have been raised for as long as two years. Basa fish are acceptable in markets when ...

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Auburn University Researchers Develop Vaccine to Deadly Catfish Disease

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 1, 2017

Auburn University researchers have developed a vaccine that could potentially prevent columnaris disease, a deadly bacteria that affects catfish.

“In some years, columnaris is the No. 1 disease problem in catfish production, and in other years, it’s the No. 2, depending on the individual farm and the season ...

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USDA Approves Vietnam, China, Thailand Catfish Exports, Says They Meet Equivalent US Standards

from vasepSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 17, 2018

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA (FSIS) has approved Vietnam, along with Thailand and China, as countries with equivalent food safety systems to the United States for the production of catfish.

The notice will be published in the federal register on Sept. 19th.

This opens a 30 day comment period.

The finding of equivalency means that the USDA has approved both the Vietnam government’s catfish industry inspection systems, and operations at ...

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Analysis: Tilapia Gaining Traction as Pangasius Prices Hit New Highs; Tariffs Are Huge Threat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton and Lorin Castiglione – August 21, 2018

Urner Barry is reporting that Pangasius is showing record high replacement prices for the past three months.  Wholesale prices for Pangasius fillets have also been in the $3.35 range.

Volume for Pangasius has fallen sharply this year, as Vietnamese exporters struggle with US market barriers, and seek other markets. Through June, about 79 million pounds has been imported, down 31% from the year before...

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USTR Seeking Comments on Vietnam’s WTO USDA Catfish Program Complaint

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - April 27, 2018

The Office of the United State Trade Representative (USTR) is requesting comments on the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement regarding the import of Vietnamese pangasius seafood products into the U.S.

Back in February Vietnam issued a WTO complaint over the USDA Catfish Program. Vietnam requested consultation with the U.S., claiming that the U.S. measures are “inconsistent with a number of provisions under the WTO’s Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures as well as the ...

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Senator John McCain, Jeanne Shaheen Write Letter to USTR Supporting Repeal of USDA Catfish Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - March 20, 2018

Senators John McCain and Jeanne Shaheen have written a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer asking that he support repealing the USDA Catfish Inspection Program.

As previously reported, inspection of catfish products was switched from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the 2008 Farm Bill provision. Under the USDA, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) began inspecting catfish in August 2017 ...

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69,000 lbs of US Domestic Catfish Recalled for Contamination with Malachite Green by USDA

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Clarion Ledger] by Anthony McDougle - March 12, 2018 

The discovery of a banned substance in a massive delivery of fish has forced a Mississippi Delta-based fish company to issue a recall of its product.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Itta Bena's Heartland Catfish Company on Friday recalled 69,016 pounds, or 34.5 tons of catfish products believed to be contaminated with leucomalachite green.

The various catfish products were produced Feb. 16 and bear establishment number "EST. 45777" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were shipped to retail stores in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Texas ...

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USDA’s Catfish Position May be Shifting as Vietnam Takes Issue to WTO, First Step in Retaliatory Trade Action

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - February 28, 2018

This week Vietnam took the first steps to bring the dispute over the use of a non-tariff trade barrier on catfish to the WTO.  Vietnam rightly sees the shift of inspection from FDA to USDA as an attempt to prevent catfish exports to the US through the use of non-tariff trade barriers.

The move of catfish to USDA was a classic non-tariff barrier, as it had no scientific or public health rationale, and was done solely to ...

 

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Nationwide Smuggling Crackdown in China Hits Seafood Importers in 11 cities

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton  January 5, 2018

In a move that could prove disruptive to many markets prior to the Chinese New Year, Chinese authorities made major smuggling raids in the last week of December in eleven cities, targeting seafood importers who brought product through Vietnam.

Such products include Vannamei shrimp from Ecuador, Argentine shrimp, and panagasius.

Xinhua News reported that Fujian-based Fujian Anxin Industrial will face criminal prosecution after being implicated in smuggling 41,000t of pangasius products into China worth CNY 690m.

Fuzhou customs discovered and dismantled a smuggling ring involving 38 individuals. The report states that in 2014, Fujian Anxin established a subsidiary company in Vietnam which then sent seafood products including pangasius, tuna and shrimp into China...

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China Demand For Vietnam Shrimp up 60% in 2017, China Now largest Importer of Pangasius 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Shuichan News] Translated by Amy Zhong January 5, 2018

China’s great demand has boosted Vietnam’s seafood exports in 2017, but a recent customs crackdown has left traders uncertain about border crossings in the first week of the New Year. (See accompanying story).

There is a drastic increase in Vietnam’s seafood export thanks to strong demand in China, according to the VASEP (Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers). 

In the year of 2017, Vietnam has earned a revenue ..

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FSIS Discontinuing Third-Party Hold and Test Sampling of Catfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - December 13, 2017

On Dec. 18, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be discontinuing third-party “Hold and Test” sampling and testing protocol for imported Siluriformes fish.

During the 18-month transitional period before the implementation of the USDA Catfish Inspection Program, FSIS conducted some testing on imported fish products that revealed “violative levels of drugs, pesticides, dyes, metals, nitrofurans or other chemical restudies.” The USDA agency began to require Importers of Record (IOR) ...

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