The Fish Inspector Number 73 December 2007 GENERAL

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					The Fish Inspector GENERAL

Number 73

December 2007

Seafood World Congress More than 400 seafood and food safety professionals from across the globe attended the threeday World Seafood Congress in Dublin, Ireland from 25-27 September 2007. The Congress discussed the complex challenge of balancing a spiralling worldwide consumer demand for seafood with the development of sustainable global fisheries. The Congress was hosted by Irish government agencies Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, and coorganised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), World Health Organisation (WHO), International Food Quality Certification Ltd. Ireland and the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI). Renowned scientist, Professor Michael Crawford, Director, Institute of Brain Chemistry & Human Nutrition, London delivered keynote address. Professor Crawford’s presentation focused on how lack of seafood in the modern diet may contribute to the rising tide of mental illness currently plaguing the developed world. Congress sessions on “Seafood Standard Certification - Making the Label Stick”, “The Reality of Microbiological and Virological Risks”, “Key Import Authority Requirements for Seafood” and “The Exporter’s View of the Global Market” were popular topics in the Congress Agenda. The programme session on “The Retailer’s Perspective on the Changing Seafood Market” had contributions from retailers such as Wal-Mart, Tesco, the UK’s Young’s /Foodfest Group and the Barry Group, Canada on their current market strategies for managing consumer trends and expectation that pressure for the delivery of a rapidly increasing range of safe, healthy and convenient seafood products. Against this consumer-driven background, the necessity to develop functional foods from seafood will be increasingly important for the global seafood sector, as was shown by an in-depth report on the progress of the EU research project, SeafoodPlus, presented to WSC delegates as the breaking news “New Concepts for Value-added Functional Seafood Products”. The Congress also staged the BIM “Great Debate” on its closing day. The debate saw the Congress enter into the current controversy “Is eating seafood the best way to get those all-important Omega 3s into your diet and into your children’s diet?” Details of the Congress programme are available from the Congress website, www. IAFI General Meeting Soon after the World Seafood Congress, IAFI members present in Dublin, attended General Meeting of IAFI on 29 October 2007. Ms Jayne Gallagher was re-elected as IAFI President for another biannual period. Byron Gurdian (Costa Rica), Nazori Djazuli (Indonesia), Amadou Tall (Ivory Coast), Christoffer Nielsen (Norway), Michael Young (South Africa), and Graciela Pereira (Uruguay) were elected to the Board of Directors. The following amendments to the by-laws were approved by the meeting: - Added “An association of seafood professionals” to the heading of the bylaws. IAFI has been using this descriptor since early 2007. This addition while keeping the original name of the Association, indicates the broader base of our membership; - The position of President-Elect was added to the Executive Council. Dr. Mike Dillon (United Kingdom) was elected to the position in a Special Election, and Chris Leftwich (United Kingdom) was elevated to an At-Large seat on the Executive Council to replace Dr. Dillon. Details of the meeting may be obtained by contacting IAFI Secretariat, at: Codex adopts new food safety and quality standards FAO and WHO, in a joint statement, have indicated that the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) has adopted 44 new and amended food standards and set up a comprehensive set of risk analysis principles to help governments to establish their own standards especially for food items that are not covered by Codex standards. Codex food safety standards are developed using scientific advice from FAO/WHO expert committees that enable the rigorous standard setting procedures within Codex. According to Dr Kazuaki Miyagishima, Secretary of the CAC, this is why Codex standards are so successful globally and the reason they have been recognised by the World Trade Organization (WTO) Sanitary and Phytosanitary Agreement. Governments often adopt Codex Standards in their national legislation and sometimes even see the need for additional measures in areas not covered by Codex guidance. It is

important that the extra safety measures are taken using the same rigorous and internationally recognised principles, not only to protect consumers but also to ensure that they are consistent with multilateral trade rules, explained Dr Miyagishima. FAO and WHO welcomed the move of the CAC to look for methods to prevent antimicrobial resistance in bacteria in food. FAO and WHO are ready to support Codex in areas such as the use of nanotechnology and risk-benefit assessment of fish consumption. The two organisations have launched the Global Initiative for Food-related Scientific Advice (GIFSA) to raise funding to conduct this new work. The Codex meeting also decided to develop additional guidelines to lower the frequency of Salmonella and Campylobacter in chicken. Full text of the standards can be downloaded from Codex website, Source: Methyl mercury: call for reassessments IAFI Board, which consists of seafood professionals from all over the world, has prepared a statement on this very important subject. A copy of the statement is attached to this issue of THE FISH INSPECTOR. AFRICAN NEWS Mozambique: National training course The National Fish Inspection Institute (INIP) of Mozambique, in cooperation with INFOSA held a comprehensive 6 week training course for new fish inspectors in May-June 2007. Twenty-four participants from six provinces attended the course. The event was organized and implemented by INFOSA. Dr (Ms) Luisa Arthur, INFOSA’s Quality Assurance Officer together with 5 INIP experts gave lectures and demonstrations. More details on the training course may be obtained from Ms Luisa Arthur (e-mail: ASIAN NEWS Catfish 2007 Conference The International Technical and Trade Conference- CATFISH 2007 held in Ho Chi Minh City from 13-15 June 2007 turned out to be an amazing success beyond expectations. Hosted by the Ministry of Fisheries of Vietnam, the conference jointly organized by INFOFISH, VASEP and NACA, attracted an impressive gathering from around the world. More than 300 participants, catfish farmers, processors, exporters, importers, suppliers of feeds and equipment for farming and processing, industry leaders, associations, consultants, policy makers and environmentalists came as delegates from 28 countries/territories around the world. Catfish, a poor man’s daily food in developing countries about 20 years ago, is a bright spark today in aquaculture production and global trade. Further details on the Conference and its proceedings can be obtained from INFOFISH at or at email: Source: INFOFISH International 4/2007: 27-32. Vietnam: Fishborne zoonotic intestinal trematodes Although fishborne zoonotic trematodes that infect the liver are well documented in Vietnam, intestinal fishborne zoonotic trematodes are unreported. Recent discoveries of the metacercarial stage of these flukes in the wild and farmed fish prompted an assessment of their risk to a community that eats raw fish. A fecal survey of 615 persons showed a trematode egg prevalence in 64.9%. Infected persons were treated to expel liver and intestinal parasites for specific identification. The liver trematode, Clonorchis sinensis, was recovered from 51.5%, but 1 of 4 intestinal species of the family Heterophyidae was recovered from 100%. The most numerous were Haplorchis spp (90.4% of all worms recovered). These results demonstrated that fishborne intestinal parasites were an unrecognized food safety risk in a country whose people have a strong tradition of eating raw fish. Source: Dung DT, De NV, Waikagul J, Dalsgaard A, Chai J-Y, Sohn W-M, et al. Fish borne zoonotic intestinal trematodes, Vietnam. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 2007 Dec (ahead of print). 8th Asian Fisheries Forum The Asian Fisheries Society, the largest association for fishery professionals in Asia, in association with its Indian Branch, held the 8th Asian Fisheries Forum at Le Meridian International Convention Centre, Kochi, India from 20-23 November 2007. The theme of the Forum was “Fisheries

and Aquaculture: Strategic Outlook for Asia”. More than 700 Fisheries professionals from 35 Asian Countries attended the deliberations. Presiding over the inaugural session of the forum, Dr.Chan LuiLee, President, Asian Fisheries Society, highlighted the role of the Asian Fisheries Forum in the past as well as for the future for developing fisheries as a source of food, employment and past time. He also called upon the members of the society to work jointly to make Asia the source of fish, a cheap source of all nutrients for the whole world. In the four-day conference, the forum discussed about 800 scientific papers on fisheries and aquaculture. The forum also discussed a draft resolution for evolving sustained eco-friendly fisheries for Asia and Pacific and resolved to request the National Governments to form a strategic alliance of fish producing Asia-Pacific countries with the objectives of enhancing fish production in a sustainable manner, promoting quality of produce, improving the livelihood of fishers and other stakeholders and encouraging regional cooperation. Source: CARIBBEAN NEWS SST and GCFI joint meeting The Seafood Science and Technology Society of the Americas (SST) and the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute jointly held a meeting in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic from 5-9 November 2007. More than 300 participants attended the meeting. The event included a Spiny Lobster School covering the issues of resource sustainability and responsible product utilization. An exercise of product demonstration with hands-on and nose-on training directed to quality assessment of fresh and frozen spiny lobsters was the high light of the event. The SST meeting specifically covered topics such as (1) fish species identifications methods and programs, (2) controlling histamine levels in potential scombrotoxic fishes, (3) public health aspects related to Ciguatoxins, Vibrios, and USFDA activities, and (4) fish technology issues. The event was organized in association with the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) and the Pan-American Network on Fish Inspection, Quality and Technology (PANFISH). PANFISH made a special presentation promoting the network in the region (“Red Panamericana de Inspeccion, Control de Calidad y Tecnología de Productos de la Pesca y Acuicultura”). More details on the meeting as well as on the presentations made during the event may be obtained from the SST and GCFI websites, and EUROPEAN NEWS EU: Welcome to the chill-on project! Funded by the European Union, the CHILL-ON Project aims to improve the quality and safety, transparency and traceability of the chilled/frozen supply chain by developing cost-effective technologies, devices and approaches for continuous monitoring and recording of the relevant data and processing the data for information management throughout the entire supply chain. As fish is at the third place in the European food market and is one of the most sensitive goods with regard to food poisoning, the chilled and frozen fish supply chain has been selected to be the test case. More information on the project may be obtained from its website; Ireland: Irish Quality Seafood As part of its Environmental and Quality Programme, the Irish Sea Fisheries Board - “Bord Iascaigh Mhara” (BIM), in conjunction with industry stakeholders, has developed the Irish Seafood Quality Programme (IFQC). The programme consists of world’s leading quality assurance schemes, and ensures that the highest quality product is made available. It promotes and authenticates the reputation and quality of Irish aquaculture products, both on the home market and internationally. IFQC is an independent food quality certification body accredited to EN45011/ISO Guide 65. More information can be obtained about IFQC at Russia: International Congress The 6th International Conference on Seafood Production: Problems, New Technologies and Quality organized by the Atlantic Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (AtlantNIRO) was held in Svetlogorsk, in the Russian region of Kaliningrad. The conference was attended by representatives from the seafood processing industry, food and veterinary inspection and

certification authorities, and research institutes from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Visits were organized to seafood processing plants in the region. Source: EUROFISH Magazine 5/2007: 80. LATIN AMERICAN NEWS Mexico: Congress of the Northwest The Congress was held in Hermosillo, Sonora from 14-17 November 2007 and was attended by more than 400 participants from all Mexican states. Every two years the Department of Research and Post-graduation in Food Science, University of Sonora, organizes the Norwest Congress on Food Science and Biotechnology. Among a number of short pre-congress courses organized, a 3-day course on fish safety and product innovation assumed much importance. The lecturing team was formed by CIAD (Centre for Food Research and Development) fish technologists Dr. Ramon Pacheco and Dr. Juan Carlos Ramirez, and Mr. Carlos Lima dos Santos (Pan-American Network on Fish Inspection, Quality Control and Technology). The Congress was organized by the University of Sonora in cooperation with other institutions and CIAD. More details on the Congress may be obtained on the website, Uruguay: Role of Veterinarians in the Fish Industry A workshop on the role of Veterinarians in the fish industry of Uruguay was held in Montevideo, from 19-21 September 2006. The event was organized by the National University of Uruguay, the National Direction of Aquatic Resources (DINARA) the Uruguayan Society of Veterinary Medicine, and the National Academy of Veterinary Medicine. The final report of the workshop was edited by our Uruguayan colleagues Daniel Gilardoni, Daniel Bouzas, and Enrique Bertullo which can be obtained by contacting Dr. Enrique Bertullo, President, National Academy of Veterinary Medicine of Uruguay. (Email: NORTH AMERICAN NEWS Canada: Post-Graduate Certificate in Quality Management Courses offered by the Marine Institute The Marine Institute St. John’s, Newfoundland is offering three Post-Graduate Certificate in Quality Management Courses starting January 2008: (1) Quality Management (2) Food Safety Systems and (3) Project Management Fundamentals. All courses are web-based. Further information may be obtained by contacting Elaine Kennedy, Chair, Post-Graduate Certificate in Quality Management via email ( Detailed course information may be found on program website, /index.htm USA: FDA Provides Advice on Safe Sources of Puffer Fish Over the past year, several illnesses have been linked to puffer fish improperly processed and illegally imported into the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released consumer and industry advisories regarding safe sources of puffer fish on 17 October 2007. Puffer fish can be safely consumed when special care is taken to ensure that the fish caught are free of toxins, or when they are processed to eliminate the toxins. Symptoms of ingesting the toxins found in puffer fish include tingling around the lips and in the extremities followed by problems in speaking, loss of balance, muscle weakness and paralysis, vomiting, and diarrhoea. In extreme cases, there may be respiratory paralysis that can lead to death. Consumers should ask about the origin of the fish before ordering or buying. In cases where the source is uncertain or unknown, consumers should not eat the puffer fish. Establishments that serve or sell puffer fish, including restaurants and fish markets, should obtain the product from a known safe source. Source: Press Release - FDA Provides Advice on Safe Sources of Puffer Fish, October 17, 2007 USA: Pacific Fisheries Technologists (PFT) - Annual Conference The 59th Pacific Fisheries Technologists Conference will be held from February 3-6, 2008 at Hotel Whitcomb (1231 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA). The technical program will cover current issues of interest to food processors, seafood inspectors, consultants and academicians

such as: 1) reports from the US Food and Drug Administration on species identification, mercury risk assessment, and revised Seafood HACCP Hazards Guide, 2) aquaculture, 3) product development, 4) food engineering, 5) seafood education/extension, and more. More details on the event may be obtained from Dr. (Ms) Pamela Tom, PFT 2008 President, Dept. of Food Science and Technology, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 USA, Tel: 1 530-752-3837, Fax: 1 530-752-4759. E-mail: USA: 8th Joint Meeting of SST and AFT The 8th Joint Meeting of the Seafood Science and Technology Society (SST) and the Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference is scheduled for 19-21 October 2008 in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. The future of Aquatic Seafood Products and Marine Biotechnology will be the title of the event. The Seafood Laboratory, Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, North Carolina State University, 303 College Circle, Morehead City, NC, is the leading organization of the Meeting. More details on the meeting may be obtained from Barry Nash, Chair, Joint SST-AFT Conference at e-mail PUBLICATIONS Proceedings of the 6th World Congress on Seafood Safety, Quality and Trade These Proceedings include selected papers presented at the Sixth World Congress on Seafood Safety, Quality and Trade, held in Sidney, Australia, from 14 – 16 September 2005. The Congress was the 6th in the biennial series of conferences held under the auspices of the International Association of Fish Inspectors (IAFI) with support from FAO and UNIDO. The Congress was hosted by Seafood Services Australia (SSA) and the New Zealand Seafood Industry Council (SeaFIC). The document was distributed in Dublin, Ireland during the 7th IAFI Congress as an advanced copy of the final version which is being published by FAO. More information on the publication may be obtained from Dr. Lahsen Ababouch, Chief, Fish Utilization and Marketing Service, FAO, Rome at BIM Whitefish Quality Guides A new series of seafood industry quality guides for whitefish has been developed by Irish Sea Fisheries Board - “Bord Iascaigh Mhara” (BIM). The guide provides species-specific information on the quality, handling and added value of whitefish landed and are aimed primarily at fishermen, buyers and processors. Species-specific guides have been produced for monkfish and hake, given their particular market handling requirements, while the remaining commercial species have been grouped on similar freshness that attributes and market requirements. Copies of the guides can be obtained through email,

The next issue of THE FISH INSPECTOR will be distributed in March 2008. Please forward any information you may wish to have disseminated through this newsletter to: Mr C A Lima dos Santos, Rua Cel. Eurico Gomes de Sousa 510 Cob 01, Jardim Oceanico – Barra da Tijuca, 22620-320 Rio de Janeiro, RJ – BRASIL, Tel: +55 21 2491-0704; E-mail: Editor-in-Chief: S Subasinghe - INFOFISH, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Spanish Translation: Nelson Avdalov, Graciela Pereira & Gloria Scelza - INFOPESCA, Montevideo, Uruguay. Portugese Translation: Carlos Lima dos Santos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil