What is it about?

Since 2016, catfish and other siluriform fish were moved from FDA inspection to USDA/FSIS. This is the first time in history that a seafood product is under the inspection of USDA/FSIS. In this publication we assessed the impact of the regulation in Louisiana wild-caught catfish industry and evaluated the prevalence of Salmonella and microbial characteristics of raw wild-caught catfish fillets.

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Why is it important?

This is the first published work that describes the impact that moved form FDA inspection to USDA/FSIS had in silurifome fish local industry. Findings provide a clear perspective on challenges and changes to the industry.


While the main purpose of the inspection change from the FDA to the USDA was to protect the U.S. domestic catfish industry, the new rule imposed additional limits on the days and hours of operation, resulting in a reduction of processed volume at wild-caught facilities and a loss of fishermen. In effect, the inspection of a low-risk product was shifted to an inspection regime for a high-risk products.

Evelyn Watts
Louisiana State University

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This page is a summary of: Effect of Federal Inspection on Louisiana Wild-Caught Catfish Industry, Prevalence of Salmonella and Microbial Characteristics of Raw Wild-Caught Catfish Fillets, Journal of Food Protection, May 2021, International Association for Food Protection,
DOI: 10.4315/jfp-21-153.
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