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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


Nov 14 - Pangasius Farm Gate Prices Hit Record After Rains in Mekong


Oct 26 - Southeastern Fisheries Association Takes Firm Stand on Catfish Inspection Program


Aug 1 - SouthFresh Attains 3-Star BAP Status with Certified Catfish Feed Mill


Jun 21 - Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners


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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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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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Southeastern Fisheries Association Takes Firm Stand on Catfish Inspection Program

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] by Amanda Buckle - October 26, 2017

The Southeastern Fisheries Association (SFA) has issued a statement opposing the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new catfish inspection program.

According to the organization, the new program creates “impossible compliance situations” for fish farms and wild caught fisheries. SFA is standing with catfish fishermen and dealers who believe that the program is “unnecessary, inefficient and would needlessly harm dealers, processors and ...

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Just Shrimp Adds Healthy Alternatives to Attract Younger Diners

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - June 21, 2017

Just Shrimp is a new concept with just three units in Illinois.  But they are making a splash.   Their original location in Tinley Park recently added a few more non-fried items to their menu: Grilled shrimp skewers and fresh grilled salmon. 

Recently, Just Shrimp started smoking salmon in-house, and added two sandwiches their customers seem to enjoy. The smoked salmon fillet sandwich is servedcold, on a buttered and toasted soft bun  ...

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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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Pangasius Farm Gate Prices Hit Record After Rains in Mekong

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seafood News] - November 14, 2017

Pangasius prices in Vietnam are at $1.23 a kilogram, a record high for the country. However, supply of the species is down due to storms that flooded the areas.

According to a local news outlet, the demand for pangasius will “increase from now until the end of 2017.” Prices will remain high, allowing breeders to make a profit of ...

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SouthFresh Attains 3-Star BAP Status with Certified Catfish Feed Mill

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

SouthFresh Aquaculture announced recently it is the first catfish feed mill in the world to be Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified.

With the addition of its feed mill in Demopolis, Ala., SouthFresh Catfish of Alabama is now a three-star BAP domestic catfish company, as its processing plant in Eutaw, Ala., and Elysian Farms in Demopolis are already BAP certified. SouthFresh is one of the few catfish companies in the USA that owns 100% of its feed mill and is now the world’s first USA catfish company to earn ...

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