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Bait and Switch–How Food Fraud Is Hurting the Seafood Industry

What’s really in what you’re eating? Seafood fraud makes it difficult to answer that question. Ordered fresh-caught Maryland blue crab? It could be blue swimmer crab caught in polluted waters in Asia. Think you are getting wild-caught Alaskan Sockeye salmon? It could be Atlantic salmon from a farm. When considering that 91% of seafood in Read More >>

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Cocktail Party Examples: Microbiologically Induced Corrosion

Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC) causes billions of dollars in damage annually. It affects diverse industries including marine transportation and shipping, chemical and oil processing, power generation, water treatment, and aviation among others. But I find that most people aren’t familiar with it and I’m often asked for some specific examples. Here are two cases of MIC that we can all appreciate.

Catfish regulation on track to transfer to USDA

Vietnamese negotiators have been calling a program to transfer regulation of the U.S. catfish industry from the FDA to the more stringent USDA a non-tariff trade barrier to Vietnamese seafood imports, while U.S. catfish farmers are worried that the ongoing talks regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership could result in changes to the program that would make it less effective. But despite objections from Vietnamese negotiators, U.S. officials are holding firm on the plan to go forward with the program as it is written.