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ANALYSIS: Second Month-Over-Month Surge for Chinese Catfish

Imports for Chinese catfish frozen fillets totaled 1.7 million pounds for the month of November, increasing 52.7 percent from October, which saw a 125.2 percent increase over the previous month.

Compared to November 2018, imports are 80.8 percent above last year's volume, however, on a YTD basis, 2019 still falls 20.4 percent below 2018 levels.

November 2019 import volume comes in 70.7 percent, or 723,011 pounds, above the previous 3-year average of just over 1 million pounds.

Domestic consumption within China of this...

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Alli & Rose Recalling Over 20,000 Pounds of Siluriformes Products

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Redlands, California-based Alli & Rose is recalling approximately 21,930 pounds of Siluriformes products.

The product being recalled is "The SnakYard Salted Egg Fish Skins." The product was shipped to retail locations in California, Maryland and New Jersey before the issue was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance.

According to FSIS, the products in question were imported from Thailand, a country that is ineligible to export ready-to-eat Siluriformes products...

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Consolidated Catfish to Take Over SouthFresh Alabama Plant, Keep it Operating

Consolidated Catfish and SouthFresh Aquaculture announced an agreement today that would keep the SouthFresh catfish plant operating, and able to serve its existing customers.

SouthFresh, which is owned by the Alabama Farmers Cooperative, declared bankruptcy in January, 2019.  The new plan to keep operating will be presented to the bankruptcy court.

On Friday, Consolidated Catfish, known as CCP, signed a long term lease for the SouthFresh plant in Eutaw, Alabama.  The lease is subject to court approval.  It would allow the processing plant to remain open...

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VIDEO: MSC Mislabeling Report; Meal Kit Popularity; Hardee's Catfish Sandwich; Saving the Vaquita

Join SeafoodNews Weekly Recap co-hosts Lorin Castiglione and Amanda Buckle as they talk about MSC's fraud labeling study; meal kit popularity; Hardee's new catfish sandwich; and the latest efforts to save the vaquita porpoise.

This video is brought to you by the Urner Barry Executive Conference, NOW the premier event for the seafood industry. The Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28 to April 30, is expanding this year and for the first time the Seafood Import Workshop...

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Two Companies Recall Siluriformes Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection 

Two more companies are recalling Siluriformes products that were produced without benefit of inspection.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service released a notice on Friday that Fulton Seafood Inc. of Houston, Texas, is recalling approximately 100,925 pounds of Siluriformes fish products because they were produced, packed and distributed without the benefit of a federal inspection. The recall is specifically for 60 lb. brown cardboard boxes containing “River Catfish Wild USA” that were produced from various dates from January 1 through February 21, 2019...

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ANALYSIS: Seafood Items Swimming Upstream in October

October, as many say in the industry, is called National Seafood month for a reason, demand is quiet. School is in session and the U.S.’s appetite for seafood tends to wane during the Fall.

There are several seafood items, however, that are swimming upstream this fall. Each species has its own story to tell, but the theme circles around a lack of supply coupled with what appears to be an insatiable demand.

King and Snow Crab

Both king and snow crab demand has been active over the past several weeks...


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LISTEN: Taste Testing Trident's Protein Noodles; The Future of Meal Kits; Plus More News From SENA

SeafoodNews Podcast hosts Amanda Buckle and Lorin Castiglione are back from Seafood Expo North America!

Join us as we talk about all things Boston Seafood Show - from Trident's Protein Noodles to the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council's "The Promise of Patagonia" campaign. Plus, find out where meal kits are heading in the future.

This week's episode is brought to you by Urner Barry's Executive Conference, taking place at the Bellagio in Las Vegas from April 28-30. The Executive Conference is...

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Fifth Recall This Month over Siluriformes Products Produced Without Benefit of Inspection

A fifth company has now issued a recall over Siluriformes products produced without benefit of inspection.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Tuesday that McAllen Cold Storage of McAllen, Texas, is recalling approximately 51,942 pounds of frozen Siluriformes fish products, specifically Basa fillets, that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.

According to the release, the frozen Basa fillets were imported from Vietnam into the U.S. on various dates from August 1, 2018 to February 15, 2019...

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Catfish Company SouthFresh Aquaculture Files Chapter 11

SouthFresh Aquaculture, which produces catfish and sells a range of other species such as oysters, and tilapia, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11, to reorganize the company with a strategic restructuring.  The filing was in the Northern District of Alabama.

The company plans to operate through the restructuring with a debtor in possession credit line of $3.5 million, plus cash from its continuing operations.

SouthFresh is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc. Alabama Farmers Cooperative, Inc. and its other affiliates are not included in the bankruptcy...

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