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LOS ANGELES TIMES ARTICLE IS 'TOTAL DISTORTION' OF SEAFOOD SAFETY RECORD, SAYS NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE

 LOS ANGELES TIMES ARTICLE IS 'TOTAL DISTORTION'
 OF SEAFOOD SAFETY RECORD, SAYS NATIONAL FISHERIES INSTITUTE
 ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Fisheries Institute issued the following:
 The Los Angeles Times article on seafood safety appears to be a deliberative distortion of FDA data about the wholesomeness of seafood on the U.S. market.
 The story links two separate, unrelated FDA programs. One program was a 100-percent inspection of U.S. seafood processing plants for conformance to good manufacturing practice regulations. The results of these inspections show exceptionally good performance with violations found in only 1.5 percent of plants in the Southeast region, the only district where the reports have been compiled.
 The second FDA program is the ongoing sampling of imported and domestic product. This program was not connected to the plant inspections in any way. Product samplings are targeted on products suspected to have problems. As such, the percentage of violations will be higher since the examinations focus on suspect product. The violations cited do demonstrate some serious concerna but also others such as inaccurate labeling which have no health significance.
 Violative products are kept from the market. To presume that these finding are indicative of product actually on the market is a gross distortion and just not true.
 The FDA examination of all seafood processing plants is intended to help determine a long-term program for its resources which have been increased greatly in the past two years. The seafood industry has been lobbying Congress since 1989 to enact legislation to provide an effective, comprehensive regulatory program for seafood. We continue to push for this action.
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 /CONTACT: Allison Wheeler, Clare Vanderbeek or Emily Holt of the National Fisheries Institute, 703-524-8881/ CO: National Fisheries Institute ST: California IN: SU:


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