How Frugé Aquafarms Produces Over One Million Pounds of Crawfish Each Year 

Host Daniel Geneen learns about growing, harvesting, and eating crawfish from Louisiana farmer Mike Frugé

About 40 years ago, rice farmers like Mike Frugé of Frugé Aquafarms and Cajun Crawfish figured out that the two year growing cycle of crawfish synced perfectly with the two year cycle of the rice crop. Now, rice fields are seeded with baby crawfish every other year, creating a new source of food and income for farmers. Host Daniel Geneen visited the farm in Louisiana to see how over a million crawfish are harvested each year.

“If you just came out into this field when we first planted it and just dumped crawfish out here with no cover, the birds would get them all in a matter of hours, or the heat would get them,” explains Frugé, as he and Geneen wade into the flooded rice fields, where tall grass covers the crawfish swimming in … Read more

FDA sends warning over import violations to companies in New York, Michigan and California

As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems. The FDA frequently redacts parts of warning letters posted for public view.

Rong Shing Trading NY Inc.
Brooklyn, NY

An import company in New York is on notice from the FDA for not having FSVPs for a number of imported food products.

In a June 15 warning letter, the FDA described a March 9-24, 2021, remote Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) inspection of Double R Trading Inc (aka – Rong Shing Trading NY Inc.) in Brooklyn, NY.

The FDA’s inspection revealed that the firm was not Read more

Almost 92 tons of pork dumplings recalled because of undeclared allergens

A California company is recalling frozen pork dumplings because they are misbranded in that they include milk and coconut, known allergens, that are not declared on the label as required by federal law.

The 183,330 pounds of pork products subject to the recall were produced by Green Dining Table Inc. between March 22 and July 14, according to a recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

To view labels of all products subject to the recall, click link below.

Consumers can determine whether they have the frozen dumplings in their homes by looking for the following label information:

  • 1.5-lb. plastic bag packages containing “HanSang GYOZA, PORK & VEGETABLE” and sell by dates ranging from 3.23.2023 to 7.14.2023.
  • 1.5-lb. plastic bag packages containing “HanSang BITE-SIZE DUMPLINGS, PORK & VEGETABLE” and sell by dates ranging from 3.23.2023 to 7.14.2023.
  • 1.5-lb. plastic bag packages containing “HanSang CRISPY DUMPLINGS,
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The Pig in ‘Pig’ Is Named Brandy, and Other Key Details from Nicolas Cage’s GQ Interview

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5 important takeaways about the only film that exists for me, a normal person

If you, like me, watched the trailer for Pig, the new Nicolas Cage movie and have so many questions — questions that go far beyond “Who has Nic Cage’s pig?” — Gabriella Paiella’s interview with the Hollywood legend in GQ is an absolute gift.

“I’ve been drawn to screenplays where I don’t feel I have to act so much — that I have the life experience or the memories or the pathos, if you will, where I can just sort of more resonate,” Cage says. “Acting is imagination and you have to believe, to some extent, that you can be these characters and that you can be in these situations.”

Along with opening up about his acting process, Cage talks about his formative food memories (he was once rocked to sleep by nuns … Read more

Campylobacter, Salmonella at record highs in Australia

Record levels of Campylobacter and Salmonella have been recorded in Australia, according to the annual surveillance report of notifiable diseases for 2016.

The data comes from a study published in the most recent edition of the Communicable Diseases Intelligence journal that also found E. coli, Listeria and Cryptosporidium infections had risen.

The role of disease surveillance includes identifying national trends, providing guidance for policy development and resource allocation and informing the response to outbreaks, according to the researchers.

In 2016, gastrointestinal diseases made up 15 percent of total reports for communicable diseases. Notified cases increased by 10 percent to 49,885 in 2016 compared to 2015.

Highest since record keeping began
Reports for campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis were at the highest levels since National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) records began in 1991.

There were 24,164 cases of campylobacteriosis in 2016, making it the most frequently notified enteric infection. This was a … Read more