Seafood

Discussions related to seafood regulations


by Lauren Bernadett  Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC) is an oyster farm located in Drakes Estero in Point Reyes National Seashore on the northern California coast.  Oysters have been farmed in Drakes Estero since the 1930s.  In 1964, Congress passed the Wilderness Act, which permitted the Secretary of the Interior (Secretary) to designate wilderness areas within national parks.  The Wilderness Act prohibited commercial enterprise in...

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By Kevin Long The U.S. Food & Drug Agency (FDA) is set to implement new feed safety regulations arising under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Obama in January 2011.  The FDA’s recently proposed rules are published in the Federal Register and titled, “Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Food for Animals; Proposed Rule.”[1]  The new...

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As the US government shutdown enters day 10 with no resolution in sight, it is important to look at the effects that it is having on food safety.  The Association of Public Health Laboratories’[1] food safety director, Shari Shea, noted that during the shutdown there “isn’t going to be anyone working to figure out what food made people sick and get it off the shelves.” … “You can only do so much with a skeleton...

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By Adam Soliman Producers of genetically engineered (GE) salmon have been lobbying for permission from the FDA to commercially release transgenic salmon since 2010, and they are getting close to receiving FDA approval, which would allow these fish to enter the US food system.[1] One of the main GE salmon producers, AquAdvantage, modifies Atlantic salmon by injecting genes from Pacific salmon and Arctic eelpout that cause engineered...

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by Adam Soliman Small-scale fishers and family-run businesses are often at a disadvantage in North American fisheries. Many explanations are offered: some say that small-scale fishers are inefficient, some say it’s the fierce competition, some say it is because of the economies of scale of the large commercial operators, and still others say it is the government’s policies. Regardless of the reasons, an important question is whether...

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