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Fda Finalizes Seafood Safety Rules

Wed., Dec. 6, 1995, midnight

The government has finalized regulations that it hopes will prevent up to 60,000 seafood poisonings a year by forcing seafood processors to ensure they’re selling fresh, clean fish.

The Food and Drug Administration regulations require seafood processors to identify in advance places where their products can be tainted - including ensuring that they don’t buy spoiled fish on the docks - and put into place procedures to catch bad seafood before anyone eats it.

But consumer advocates criticized the rules, noting that the FDA exempted fishing boats and grocery stores from the oversight and doesn’t plan to increase seafood inspections to make sure the rules are followed.

The new regulations put the onus on seafood processing plants to prevent tainted fish from reaching the consumer.

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