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Nov 1 - Rising COVID-19 Cases Force China Fisheries & Seafood Expo to Reschedule 26th Annual Event


Oct 26 - China’s Customs Agency Suspends Aquatic Imports From Ecuador, Russia and India


Sep 15 - China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Postponed Following New COVID Restrictions In Qingdao


Aug 31 - China Suspends Imports of Frozen Horse Mackerel from Taiwan, Coronavirus Detected on Packaging


Aug 30 - China Suspends Additional 3 Companies Over FAO’s New Coronavirus Guidelines


Jul 20 - New Study Once Again Stirs Debate About Whether Coronavirus Can Live on Frozen Meat and Seafood


Jun 1 - Latest China Customs Agency Suspensions Target Companies From Russia, Ecuador and More


May 24 - China’s Customs Agency Takes Precautionary Measures Against 4 U.S. Fishing and Processing Vessels


May 10 - China’s Customs Agency Suspensions Update: Shrimp Imports from Ecuador and More


May 4 - China Customs Agency Suspensions Update: Russian Fishing Vessels and More


Apr 26 - China’s Customs Agency Suspensions Update: U.S. Company, Spanish Fishing Boat And More Targeted


Apr 26 - Shining Ocean Fish Processing Accused Of Ignoring Basic COVID Safety Measures After Death of Worker


Apr 20 - China's Customs Agency Announces Additional Suspensions on 15 Companies From Ecuador, 12 Vietnam


Apr 14 - Ecuador Runs into Trouble Exporting White Shrimp to China


Apr 13 - China’s Customs Agency Suspends Additional Seafood Imports This Week


Mar 31 - China’s Customs Agency Suspends Imports From 2 Indian Companies, Pakistani Company


Mar 29 - China Customs Agency Suspends More Shrimp Imports From Ecuador


Mar 25 - Mississippi Releases New Information on USDA Grant For Seafood Processors, Facilities and Vessels


Mar 24 - JD.com’s SEVEN FRESH Supermarket Rolls Out Autonomous Vehicles as COVID Cases Surge in China


Mar 23 - China Customs Agency Suspends Shrimp Imports From Ecuador and India as COVID Cases Rise


Mar 23 - Alaska Announces Additional Details For Seafood Processors Pandemic Response Relief Program


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Rising COVID-19 Cases Force China Fisheries & Seafood Expo to Reschedule 26th Annual Event

The 26th annual Chinese Fisheries & Seafood Expo  is once again getting rescheduled. The event was expected to bring together 22,000 visitors from throughout China to meet with more than 1,200 companies from 30 different countries.

Originally scheduled to take place October 26- October 28, the expo was pushed to November 9 due to COVID restrictions in Qingdao. The city had enacted a prohibition on mass gatherings, including trade shows, due to COVID-19. 

“It is widely anticipated that China’s current quarantine and travel policies will...

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China’s Customs Agency Suspends Aquatic Imports From Ecuador, Russia and India

The General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China is continuing to suspend imports from countries as part of their prevention and control of coronavirus. 

On Wednesday the agency revealed that four overseas aquatic product enterprises have been suspended after a video inspection found that the “prevention and control of the new coronary pneumonia epidemic was seriously inconsistent with the ‘New Coronary Pneumonia: Guidelines for Preventing the Spread of New Coronary Pneumonia in Food and Food Enterprises’ issued by the United Nations Food...

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China Suspends Imports of Frozen Horse Mackerel from Taiwan, Coronavirus Detected on Packaging

The Import and Export Food Safety Bureau of the General Administration of Customs of China, Department of Animal and Plant Quarantine, announced on August 3 that it would temporarily suspend the import of Taiwanese citrus fruits, fresh and frozen cutlassfish, and frozen horse mackerel. It instructed the customs offices in various places to stop accepting the import customs clearance of the same items on the same day and requested them to promptly notify the relevant businesses in each customs jurisdiction of the contents of the notice...

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New Study Once Again Stirs Debate About Whether Coronavirus Can Live on Frozen Meat and Seafood

Can coronavirus live on frozen meat and fish? It’s a topic that has been hotly contested since COVID-19 first made waves in early 2020. Despite China taking strict restrictions related to COVID-19 transmission on imported food, and the World Health Organization claiming in an early 2021 report that the coronavirus may have originated in frozen meat, the USDA and FDA has maintained that there is “no evidence that people can contract COVID-19 from food or from food packaging.” But with that said a new study published in the American Society for Microbiology Journals last month claims otherwise.

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China’s Customs Agency Takes Precautionary Measures Against 4 U.S. Fishing and Processing Vessels

China's General Administration of Customs continues to test imported food packages for coronavirus. As part of their latest crackdown on seafood imports, “urgent precautionary measures” have been taken against four U.S. fishing and processing vessels.

According to a news release put out by the government agency on May 24, 25 samples taken from the outer packaging of three batches of frozen Pacific cod, two samples taken from the outer packaging of one batch of frozen yellow-cap plaice, two samples from...

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China Customs Agency Suspensions Update: Russian Fishing Vessels and More 

Russian fishing vessels, a company from Vietnam, and seven companies from Indonesia are among the latest to receive import suspensions from China’s General Administration of Customs.

For the past few weeks SeafoodNews has been reporting on suspensions coming from China’s customs agency. Customs has been testing packaging for coronavirus, and suspending imports from certain companies that come back with positive detections. 

On April 30 the General Administration of Customs found positive nucleic acid for the new coronavirus on a sample of an outer package of frozen pangasius imported from Vietnam...

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Shining Ocean Fish Processing Accused Of Ignoring Basic COVID Safety Measures After Death of Worker

Shining Ocean Inc., a seafood processing facility in Washington State, has been fined for ignoring basic COVID safety measures. 

According to the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I), Shining Ocean Inc. did not enforce mask use or other COVID safety rules during a November 4, 2021 staff meeting. As a result, 16 of the 23 workers who attended the meeting became infected with the virus. And one of those infected workers later died. 

During the height of the pandemic...

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Ecuador Runs into Trouble Exporting White Shrimp to China

China has been one main importer of white shrimp from Ecuador where over one-half of shrimp companies have buyers in China. Among them, some are said to export about 90% products to China. The bilateral trade went on well until this March, and after that, things seem to have gone downhill. And the near-future prospect looks far less promising.

Last year Ecuador’s exported white shrimp to this oriental market made up 46% of its exports. And from January to February, China’s import from Ecuador have increased by...

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China’s Customs Agency Suspends Imports From 2 Indian Companies, Pakistani Company

Two Indian seafood companies and one from Pakistan have had their imports suspended by China.

As SeafoodNews has been reporting for the past week, China has once again upped their seafood inspections for traces of coronavirus following another spike in COVID-19 cases. The General Administration of Customs announced on Thursday that they’ve since detected new coronavirus nucleic acid in one sample of the inner packaging of one batch of frozen vannamei shrimp from India, and two samples of the outer packaging of one batch of frozen hairtail...

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Mississippi Releases New Information on USDA Grant For Seafood Processors, Facilities and Vessels

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced back in February that they would be awarding $50 million in grants to support seafood processors. Now, Mississippi has released new information on who is eligible for the funding.

As SeafoodNews previously reported, Mississippi is receiving $1,606,466. The grant will be managed by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) to support seafood processors, processing facilities and processing vessels through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant...

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China Customs Agency Suspends Shrimp Imports From Ecuador and India as COVID Cases Rise

China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) is taking emergency precautionary measures after sampling of seafood imports resulted in a positive test for the new coronavirus nucleic acid.

On March 17 the agency shared that 10 Ecuadorian companies were impacted by the precautionary measures due to positive sampling. The GACC looked at 18 batches of frozen vannamei shrimp imported from Ecuador and took 22 outer packaging samples and 1 inner packaging sample. Due to two outer packaging samples testing positive, the customs agency said that they will...

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China Fisheries & Seafood Expo Postponed Following New COVID Restrictions In Qingdao

COVID restrictions may be easing around the world, but not in China. Peter Redmayne, president of Sea Fare Expositions, Inc., the overseas organizer of China Fisheries & Seafood Expo (CFSE), announced this week that the event will be postponed by two weeks due to COVID-19. 

The 26th China Fisheries & Seafood Expo was initially scheduled to take place October 26 through October 28. However, Qingdao City officially recently enacted a prohibition on mass gatherings, including trade shows. The ban of these large scale events is from September 10 through...

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China Suspends Additional 3 Companies Over FAO’s New Coronavirus Guidelines

Three more overseas aquatic product companies have been suspended by the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China.

The latest to be targeted is Asia Cold Storage Co. of South Korea (registration number KP-693), CV. Sinar Tirta of Indonesia (registration number CR 760-16) and BH Co. of Vietnam (registration number HK 761). According to China's customs agency, the three companies are facing suspension because a video inspection found that they do not meet the “relevant requirements” of the... 

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Latest China Customs Agency Suspensions Target Companies From Russia, Ecuador and More

Companies from Russia, Ecuador, Peru, Vietnam, Myanmar and South Korea are the latest to be targeted by China’s customs agency.

The General Administration of Customs has been strict when it comes to coronavirus and has been testing the packaging for seafood imports for traces of the virus. As a result, numerous companies from all over the world have received suspensions ranging from one week and up. 

In the latest round of announcements made on May 27, the General Administration of Customs has taken urgent preventative measures against...

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China’s Customs Agency Suspensions Update: Shrimp Imports from Ecuador and More

China’s General Administration of Customs started off the week with a staggering 24 import suspensions.

As SeafoodNews has been reporting, China’s customs agency has been suspending imports from certain seafood companies and vessels if the packaging of their products tests positive for coronavirus. From May 8 through May 10, the government agency announced that they have taken emergency preventative measures against 12 Russian fishing vessels, 11 seafood companies, and one cold storage company. A run through of all the latest suspensions...

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China’s Customs Agency Suspensions Update: U.S. Company, Spanish Fishing Boat And More Targeted

China’s General Administration of Customs announced additional “urgent preventive measures” against a number of companies.

As SeafoodNews has been reporting, China’s customs agency has been suspending imports from companies if packaging tests positive for coronavirus. These measures come as the country battles another round of COVID. 

Last week 15 companies from Ecuador and 12 from Vietnam had their seafood imports suspended. Now, a handful of companies from other countries have been targeted by the customs agency. The latest suspensions...

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China's Customs Agency Announces Additional Suspensions on 15 Companies From Ecuador, 12 Vietnam

The suspensions just keep coming. China’s General Administration of Customs announced that they’d be taking additional emergency precautionary measures after packaging of seafood products from Ecuador and Vietnam tested positive for COVID-19.

A total of 15 Ecuadorian companies have been targeted in the latest round of import suspensions, which were posted by China’s customs agency on Wednesday. The agency took 29 outer packaging samples and nine inner packaging samples from 22 batches of frozen vannamei shrimp that were imported from 14 aquatic product manufacturers in Ecuador...

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China’s Customs Agency Suspends Additional Seafood Imports This Week

China’s Customs Agency is continuing to suspend seafood imports due to traces of coronavirus. The suspension comes as cases of COVID-19 in the country continue to climb, resulting in the government implementing strict lockdown measures in certain cities.

A list of the suspensions announced this week can be found below:

Aquatic products from Thailand-based Smile Heart Foods Co. are suspended for one week after the outer packaging of a batch of frozen Japanese-style artificial crab sticks tested positive for new coronavirus nucleic acid...

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China Customs Agency Suspends More Shrimp Imports From Ecuador 

China’s General Administration of Customs (GACC) is continuing to suspend seafood imports that test positive for the new coronavirus nucleic acid.

China’s been battling a spike in COVID-19 cases for the past few weeks. With a “zero COVID” policy, the country has taken strict measures, including reinstating restrictions and lockdowns. As of this writing, China’s financial capital and largest city, Shanghai, has been put under a city-wide lockdown order. This means that residents have to stay home and rely on contactless deliveries. All non-essential offices and businesses are...

 

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JD.com’s SEVEN FRESH Supermarket Rolls Out Autonomous Vehicles as COVID Cases Surge in China

JD.com has rolled out autonomous vehicles in the city of Shenzhen to deliver groceries through their fresh food supermarket, SEVEN FRESH.

The City of Shenzhen, which links Hong Kong to mainland China, saw a spike in COVID-19 cases earlier this month. China has a strict “zero-COVID” policy, so Shenzhen was put under lockdowns and hit with additional restrictions in an effort to stop the spread of the virus. To ensure food supply with no-contact, JD.com introduced their autonomous delivery vehicles...

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Alaska Announces Additional Details For Seafood Processors Pandemic Response Relief Program

Additional details have been announced for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program. 

The USDA announced back in mid-February that they would be investing approximately $50 million in grants to support seafood processors, processing facilities and processing vessels through the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant Program (SPRS).  Alaska received $30,694,746, the largest amount of money distributed by the USDA to any state. The funding is being distributed by the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community...

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