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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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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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Pangasius Import Volumes Recover Somewhat After USDA Equivalence Ruling for Vietnam

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Analysis] by Lorin Castiglione - October 9, 2018

For the first time all year and since government regulation has switched from the FDA to the USDA, pangasius imports are within range of the previous three-year average.

August imports of frozen pangasius fillets registered 22.2 million pounds from Vietnam, the largest monthly import volume for 2018. Volumes have increased again, after a significant 62.3 percent increase for the month of July, gaining another 11.6 percent into the month of August.

August 2018 falls only 3.3 percent short of ...

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USDA Approves Vietnam, China, Thailand Catfish Exports, Says They Meet Equivalent US Standards

from vasepSEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] by John Sackton - September 17, 2018

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA (FSIS) has approved Vietnam, along with Thailand and China, as countries with equivalent food safety systems to the United States for the production of catfish.

The notice will be published in the federal register on Sept. 19th.

This opens a 30 day comment period.

The finding of equivalency means that the USDA has approved both the Vietnam government’s catfish industry inspection systems, and operations at ...

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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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Delta Pride Catfish Appoints New Sales Department Product Integrity Manager

Delta Pride Catfish announced earlier this month that they have appointed Shannon Terry has their new Sales Department Product Integrity Manager.

Terry joins the Delta Pride Catfish after spending numerous years working in both retail and foodservice. His new role at Delta Pride Catfish will require him to be involved in writing specifications of new products, as well as production of new and specialty products. In addition, Terry will aid marketing and management in new product development and sourcing ingredients...

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Catfish Craze Comes to Captain D's Restaurants With a Delicious, Craveable Variety of Catfish Meals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - October 2, 2018

Captain D's, one of the nation's leading fast casual seafood restaurants, announces the launch of Catfish Craze - an array of delicious dishes designed for guests who are insanely in love with catfish.

"Catfish is a beloved favorite of our guests," Captain D's Vice President of Brand Marketing Dawn Foster said in a press release. "It's a part of our everyday menu, but it's exciting when we are able to bring new ways for catfish lovers to enjoy it at Captain D's."

This craveable catfish line-up includes new ...

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