Adulteration: DNA project reveals fishy nature of fish labeling

In a restaurant, it’s usually obvious when the server brings out the wrong order. Sometimes, however, it may require advanced DNA testing to even realize the order isn’t what you expected.

Dr. Jennifer McDonald, a biology professor at Fanshaw College in Ontario, Canada, directed her molecular biology students on a homework assignment that would […]

Romania tightens food safety measures after repeated Listeria outbreaks

After multiple, repeated recalls of fish products due to Listeria contamination, Romanian food safety experts have tightened their control measures in order to get to the bottom of the situation.

So far in 2019, there have been eight recalls for Listeria in salmon, with no reported illnesses, according to Food Safety News. The first incident […]

New study discourages octopus farming

Old MacDonald had an… octopus?

Though we’ve long since established fisheries and shellfish farms, octopus farms are still something new. Commercial octopus farming is only in its developmental stage in a few countries around the world. One Japanese company says its first fully-farmed octopi might reach the market in 2020, and other institutions are working […]

As ocean temps rise, so does risk for shellfish poisoning

It’s not unusual for people to have shellfish allergies, but even non-allergic people can get sick from eating shellfish, thanks to contamination that occurs when the filter-feeding sea creatures take in toxins in warm ocean waters. Now, research is showing that the algae and bacteria that cause these toxins are becoming more prevalent as sea […]

What does the acidifying ocean mean for you?

This week, the U.S. Department of State has been hosting an “Our Ocean” conference to talk about the state of the oceans around the world. The prognosis isn’t very good.

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Unraveling acronyms: What are ASP, DSP and PSP?

Whether it’s ASP, DSP or PSP, it all comes down to shellfish and biotoxins.

Shellfish poisoning can occur when shellfish contaminated with any of a number of marine toxins are consumed. The individual toxins can lead to a range of conditions and symptoms.

It’s important to remember the algae that produce these toxins are usually […]

October is National Seafood Month

In honor of National Seafood Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has put together some great seafood food safety tips. A sampling is below but head over to its seafood web page to view all of the information.

When buying fresh fish, shrimp and shellfish

Fresh fish should smell “fresh and mild, not fishy, […]

Start the new week off right with the Monday links

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Oceana study: “Fish fraud” ripping off American consumers – Food Safety News

Following up on its earlier fish fraud study, a new Oceana report found consumers can lose a […]

The first Monday links of July

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Scientists’ secret ingredient for a better burger – USDA

We’ll give you a hint – it’s not added for flavor. It’s added to knock down E. coli and […]

Ciguatera outbreak confirmed in Germany

Officials in Germany have confirmed an outbreak of ciguatoxin poisoning associated with fish.

Scientists believe there is a correlation between increases in ciguatoxin poisoning (also called ciguatera) outbreaks and more exotic fish being consumed globally, states the German Federal Insitute for Risk Assessment (BfR). The outbreak occurred near the end of last year and consisted […]