Meal Planner

Meal Planner

Don't forget the fish! Make a weekly meal plan and grocery list using this printable planner before hitting the supermarket. Find four of our favorite new seafood recipes here.

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Did You Know?

Did You Know?FDA States that "White Roughy" not Acceptable Market Name for Basa. NFI received a letter from FDA this past week clarifying the agency's policy for the use of the term "white roughy" for basa fish.

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White Roughy is not an acceptable Market Name for Basa

In a letter to NFI, FDA clarified the agency’s policy for the use of the term “white roughy” for basa. FDA believes that marketing basa or any other fish in the Pangasiidae family as “white roughy” is misleading to the consumer. Fish known as “roughies” such as “orange roughy” are classified differently from Basa and command a higher value in the marketplace. Misleading fish names violate the U.S. Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.

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About the Better Seafood Board

Members of the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) have taken a pledge to stamp out economic fraud in the seafood industry.

The Better Seafood Board (BSB) was formed in 2007 to support the commitment of NFI members to abide by industry principles of economic integrity by not selling seafood that is short in weight or count, that has the wrong name, or that has been transshipped from one country to another to circumvent duties and tariffs.

The BSB, an organization governed independently from NFI, provides the mechanism for industry's partners in the supply chain - restaurants, retail operations, further manufacturers - to report suppliers committing economic fraud. Seafood buyers who have unresolved issues with their suppliers for selling short weight or otherwise mislabeled products are encouraged to contact the BSB call center at 1-866-956-4BSB (or 1-866-956-4272) to document these issues.

Suppliers who cheat customers cheat the entire industry. Suppliers, restaurants and retailers who follow the rules often get penalized in the marketplace. Fair and lawful business practices are essential for ensuring consumer confidence in seafood – the entire supply chain is responsible for maintaining this confidence.

In The News

FDA Debars Importer Guilty of Fraudulent Mislabeling the Country of Origin of Shrimp

FDA published in the March 5, 2013, Federal Register debarment orders for Adrian Vela preventing him from importing food for a period of 5 years.  Mr. Vela pled guilty to falsely labeling imported shrimp, a violation of the Lacey Act and the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  The FDCA gives FDA the authority to debar from importing foods a person convicted of a felony relating to the importation of food into the United States.

FDA Debars Importer Guilty of Fraudulent Mislabeling of Shrimp

FDA published in the February 26, 2013, Federal Register debarment orders for Richard Stowell preventing him from importing food for a period of 3 years.  Mr. Stowell pled guilty to falsely labeling imported shrimp, a violation of the Lacey Act and the Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA).  The FDCA gives FDA the authority to debar from importing foods a person convicted of a felony relating to the importation of food into the United States.

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FDA Guidance

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FDA Published Guidance to Acceptable Market Names for Seafood FDA has posted on the agency's website an updated guidance on acceptable market names for seafood and an updated, searchable Seafood List.

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FDA Publishes Guidance to Acceptable Market Names for Seafood

FDA has posted on the agency's website updated guidance on determining acceptable market names for seafood along with a searchable Seafood List. The document is intended to provide guidance to industry about what FDA considers to be acceptable market names for seafood sold in interstate commerce and to assist manufacturers in labeling seafood products. The Seafood List provides information to assist manufacturers in properly labeling seafood and to reflect the acceptable market names of new species introduced into the U.S. marketplace. Included in the guidance document is a section outlining the principles for determining acceptable market names which outlines FDA thinking in evaluating whether or not a name is an acceptable market name. We encourage you to share this FDA Guidance Document and updated Seafood List with your suppliers and customers to support your commitment to ensuring that your products are labeled with the correct species identification.

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  • 2014 Spring Political Conference
    NFI's Annual Spring Political Conference will be held on May 12-15, 2014 at the St. Regis Washington Hotel. The conference room rate is $385 plus tax. To reserve your sleeping room for the conference, call 1-888-627-8087 and mention National Fisheries Institute to receive the negotiated rate.