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March 2017

All the good news about seafood—the health and nutritional benefits, the wide varieties and flavors—has had a positive effect on consumption: people are eating more seafood. Yet consumers want to be assured that seafood is as safe as, or safer to eat than, other foods. When you hear “seafood safety”, think of a safety net designed to protect you, the consumer, from food-borne illness. Every facet of the seafood industry, from harvester to consumer, plays a role in holding up the safety net. The role of state and federal agencies, fishermen, aquaculturists, retailers, processors, restaurants, and scientists is to provide, update, and carry out the necessary handling, processing, and inspection procedures to give consumers the safest seafood possible. The consumer’s responsibility is to follow through with proper handling techniques, from purchase to preparation.

March 2017

In this blog post on the James Beard Foundation website Barton Seaver explores the current state of aquaculture, or farmed fish, and how it fits into a more sustainable future.

February 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved an ingredient for fish feed that provides fish farmers with more options and reduces our nation's reliance on feed made of other fish. Learn more about taurine and how both U.S. fish farmers and seafood lovers will benefit from its approved use in feed for aquacultured fish.

January 2017

FDA and EPA have issued advice regarding eating fish. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant - as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children - make informed choices when it comes to fish that is healthy and safe to eat.

January 2017

Studies show that Americans don't eat enough seafood and often miss out on the health benefits. Check out this video of the Top 5 Seafood Studies of 2016 which highlights the positive health impacts of eating seafood. From boosting your child's IQ to lowering the risk for a range of diseases, these studies illustrate why incorporating seafood into your meal plan should be a priority for 2017.

5. Teenagers with higher blood levels of omega-3s may have better information processing speeds compared with those with lower levels, according to a Nutrients study.

4. A recent study in the Nutrition Journal found moms-to-be who eat two seafood meals per week could help boost their baby's IQ by an additional 3.3 points by age 9.

3. Eating fish with omega-3 fatty acids may significantly lower your risk of dying from a heart attack, according to the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

2. A study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that high fish consumption in pregnancy is tied to brain benefits for kids and a reduction in autism-spectrum traits.

1. A study in Neurology found eating a meal of seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people.

December 2016

FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) has developed a webpage focusing on Aquacultured Seafood. The webpage was designed to provide content about aquacultured seafood, including consumer information, guidance for industry, and education and outreach. The webpage covers topics specifically related to the safety of aquacultured seafood, and sections of the webpage are Facts about Aquacultured Seafood, Foreign Country Assessments, Good Aquaculture Practices, Frequently Asked Questions, and Additional Resources.

October 2016

As National Seafood Month comes to a close, our new report on Fisheries of the United States 2015 testifies to the collective progress that our agency, the eight regional fishery management councils, and our stakeholders are making toward ensuring the sustainability and economic stability of our nation's fisheries. According to the report, in 2015, U.S. commercial fishermen landed 9.7 billion pounds of seafood valued at $5.2 billion - a continuation of high landings and values from recent years. Meanwhile, per-capita consumption of seafood consumption is up by one pound, underscoring the importance of seafood and the need for long-term sustainable supplies.

September 2016

Eating fish twice a week or fish oil supplements can help.

August 2016

This study provides a review that shows we need to consider affordability in messages and guidance for seafood consumption. Consumers can use this information to balance the benefits of eating seafood based on the US Dietary Guidelines and choose products including canned and pouched seafood.