Organic Standards For Farm-Raised Fish Come Slowly

October 31, 2013 Jenny Hopkinson, Politico

Farm-raised fish is one of the few types of food not currently available at the grocery store with a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label on it, but the agency shouldn’t be in too much of a rush to rectify that, a handful of organic and consumer advocacy groups warn.

2012 US Seafood Landings Remain Near High 2011 Levels, American Consumption Drops 4%

U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.6 billion pounds of fish and shellfish in 2012, valued at $5.1 billion, according to Fisheries of the United States 2012, an annual report released by NOAA.

First Mussel Farm Earns BAP Certification

October 31, 2013 Global Aquaculture Alliance

Atlantic Aqua Farms — a fully integrated, rope-cultured mussel farming and processing company based in Prince Edward Island, Canada — is the first mussel farm in the world to attain Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification since the completion of the BAP mussel farm standards in August, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced in late October.

USMEF Develops International Beef Cuts Nomenclature Guide

October 31, 2013 The Beef Checkoff Program

As more and more countries adopt regulations requiring that U.S. red meat exports include labels printed in the language of the country of destination, the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) – contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program – has completed an International Nomenclature Guide of Beef Cuts that provides equivalent names for the most common U.S. beef cuts for 33 different countries and regions, as well as comparable names for lesser-known value cuts in selected Latin American markets.

FDA Issues Proposed Rule Aimed To Improve Safety Of Food For Animals

October 31, 2013 American Meat Institute

The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposed rule as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Rule for Preventive Controls for Animal Food Facilities. It is aimed at strengthening the safety of food for animals, including pet food and animal feed. Under the proposed rule, facilities manufacturing, processing, packing, and holding animal food, both domestically and abroad, would be required to put into place procedures to minimize or prevent hazards reasonable likely to occur, as well as to follow new current good manufacturing practices.