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.
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.
The Conference for Food Protection (CFP) meets every other year to allow representatives from the food industry, federal, state and local governments, academia and consumer organizations to address emerging problems of food safety that can be controlled at the food retail and service level. Recommendations are provided for changes to FDA’s Model Food Code. At the request of BSB, CFP will be addressing species substitution at the April 2010 meeting.