USDA Declines to Institute Grade A Catfish Program; Elects to Continue USDC Grading
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] January 30, 2017
The USDA published a federal register notice today that it will not go forward with a Grade A catfish inspection program. Instead it urges users to continue to use the USDC Grade A catfish inspection program run by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill) and the Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to establish within USDA a voluntary, fee-based grading program for catfish. Since passage of the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills, and particularly since the publication of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) final rule, "Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived From Such Fish," which defined catfish (80 FR 75589), AMS has engaged the U.S. catfish industry and other stakeholders to seek input on requirements for voluntary U.S. standards for grades of catfish.
During the 60-day comment period, four responses were submitted...
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