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FDA Issues Global Raw Packaged Seafood Import Alert: FDAImports.com Reports Numerous International Firms Impacted
Date:6/4/2010

“Detention Without Physical Examination of Refrigerated Vacuum Pak or Modified Atmosphere Packaged Raw Fish and Fishery Product”, or Import Alert #16-25, is currently impacting exporters around the world who regularly ship modified atmosphere or vacuum packed, raw seafood into the US.

(Vocus) June 7, 2010 -- “Detention Without Physical Examination of Refrigerated Vacuum Pak or Modified Atmosphere Packaged Raw Fish and Fishery Product”, or Import Alert #16-25, is currently impacting exporters around the world who regularly ship modified atmosphere or vacuum packed, raw seafood into the US. According to this law, the FDA will detain all imported, raw seafood by default, provided that these items have been shipped by firms which do not meet requirements set forth by a 'Green List' used by the FDA. The FDA created this alert in order to stave off cases of Clostridium Botulinum, or deadly botulism poisoning. This becomes a risk when uncooked seafood is sent in packaging which does not allow anaerobic conditions in which oxygen can circulate. As of September of 2009, the FDA's Green List only lists 46 international firms that meet the standards set forth by IA #16-125.

A report from Benjamin L. England, from FDAImports.com, states that there are such a small number of companies on the Green List due to the serious nature of botulism. This can present a significant danger for consumers, and can also threaten the trustworthiness of the FDA. The FDA's main job is to protect the food supply of the United States. Botulism is a deadly threat, most notably when it comes to babies. Because of this situation, the FDA has created an internatio
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