FDA operates a mandatory safety program for all fish and fishery products under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic (FD&C) Act, the Public Health Service Act, and related regulations. The FDA program includes research, inspection, compliance, enforcement, outreach, and the development of regulations and guidance. As a cornerstone of that program, FDA publishes the Fish and Fisheries Products Hazards and Controls Guidance, an extensive compilation of the most up-to-date science and policy on the hazards that affect fish and fishery products and effective controls to prevent their occurrence. The fourth edition of this guidance document, which has become the foundation of fish and fishery product regulatory programs around the world, is now available.
For information on Federal/State food programs concerning shellfish, see Shellfish Programs & Shippers List.
Enhanced Aquaculture and Seafood Inspection - Report to Congress (November 20, 2008)
FR Notice request for comments on Third-Party Certification Program (April 2, 2008) - Closed
The FR notice announcing the Shrimp Pilot Program (PDF - 61KB) (July 10, 2008)
Seafood HACCP Transition Policy (December 1999)
- Guidance for Industry: Implementation of Section 403(t) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 343(t)) Regarding the Use of the Term "Catfish" (December 2002)
Guidance for Industry: Referral Program from the Food and Drug Administration to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Seafood Inspection Program for the Certification of Fish and Fishery Products for Export to the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (February 2009)
Draft Guidance and Protocol for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff: Certification of Fish and Fishery Products for Export to the European Union and European Free Trade Association (January 2008)