October 24, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed an online learning module to help the seafood industry, retailers, and state regulators ensure the proper labeling of seafood products offered for sale in the U.S. marketplace. Proper identification of seafood is important throughout the seafood supply chain to ensure that appropriate food safety controls are implemented and that consumers are getting the type of seafood they expect and for which they are paying.
The module, which is available on the FDA’s website, provides:
- an overview of the federal identity labeling requirements for seafood offered in interstate commerce;
- a list of the specific laws, regulations, guidance documents, and other materials pertinent to the proper labeling of seafood;
- a description of the FDA’s role in ensuring the proper labeling of seafood; and
- tips for identifying mislabeled seafood in the wholesale distribution chain or at the point of retail.
The FDA encourages anyone involved in the processing, distribution, sale, or regulation of seafood sold in the U.S to use the module to help ensure the proper labeling of the seafood products for which they are responsible.