or fruit? Either way, itís produce and fits under the FDA regulations.
Catfish---meat or produce? Was under FDA, now under USDA/FSIS. I guess
its meat then, and falls under the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA)
of 1906 because of an Amendment tacked onto the Farm Bill of 2008. So
why aren't tilapia, salmon, shrimp and all other sorts of fish and
seafood considered meat under USDA/FSIS regulation?
is the real question here, not the first two about tomatoes and
have those who say this is a public health issue, and that we need to
get the catfish industry -- both domestic and foreign exporters --
under FSIS regulations. As you all know, the FMIA requires daily
inspection. When the farm bill gave catfish to FSIS, it basically said
FSIS had 18 months to promulgate rules and regs for catfish that
conform with the FMIA. And to write the regs, FSIS must show that there
is a public health issue requiring the new regs to be put into place.
What those rules will entail is simply a guess, but regular inspection
will definitely be a big part of it.
whatever the regs require for the domestic catfish industry, they will
also require it for catfish exporters to the United States because our
laws state that any country exporting meat, poultry, and egg products
(and now catfish) must have an inspection system at least equivalent to
ours. Those countries must undergo annual audits and 100 percent
re-inspection by FSIS inspectors as they comes through one of the 140
or so† import houses located on
our borders. This will be tough for most countries to accomplish.
have heard that some countries raise chickens in cages above the fish
ponds, letting the chicken litter be consumed by the fish.† I recall a debate between FDA, USDA
and industry about whether or not to continue to allow chicken litter
in cattle feed in the next feed ban rule. So what is different about
feeding chicken litter to fish vs. to cattle? Seems to me the only
difference is some countries have cut out the middle man.
back to the real question. If this is all about public health, why
didn't FSIS get all fish and seafood? I have said before that it just
makes sense to give FSIS all animals and animal products and eliminate
a lot of confusion and duplication.
†Does something about this issue smell
fishy to anyone but me?