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Quality Assurance of Seafood.

Publication of Quality Assurance of Seafood" by Carmine Gorga and Louis J. Ronsivalli under the AVI Books imprint has been announced by Van Nostrand Reinhold, 115 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Gorga is a fisheries consultant and Ronsivalli, retired, was a director of the NMFS Gloucester Technological Laboratory in Massachusetts. The book is published in three parts: I, assurance of seafood supply; II, assurance of seafood quality; and 3, administration and economics of quality assurance.

The authors stress that seafood quality assurance is not the same as seafood quality control; the former is a guarantee, and they use this book to provide a step-by-step review and discussion of the attitudes and steps that need to be adopted to guarantee the ultimate arbiter--the consumer--high quality fresh fish and fillets (shellfish or such products as canned, pickled, cured, or dried fish are not addressed). The book is suited for a broad audience, and it explains the various procedures in terms easily understood by processors, fishermen, as well as market owners and the consumers.

Part I presents general information on the values of seafoods, strategies for assuring the seafood supply, and the role of the U. S. government in the process. Part 2 then goes into seafood quality--how it is defined and measured, and how, why, and how fast seafood quality deteriorates. Then the authors discuss how to assure high seafood quality, discussing the roles of the fishermen, processors, retailers, and the consumers. Chapters in part 3 then outline the planning, administration, and coordination needed to assure high quality seafoods as well as the economics and economic benefits therein. Appendices discuss fish lipids, effects of decreasing temperature on the physical state of water in fish tissue, importance of accurately measuring seafood quality, spoilage rates of seafood, and provide formulae for the determination of gross profit margins and some specific costs. Indexed, the 245-page hardbound volume is available from the publisher for $42.95.
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
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Date:Jan 1, 1989
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