Selling Pork pies to the US and maybe porkie pies to British…

What is going on at the G7 with food?

Food safety issues? Of course surely UK understands the need for a legal point of entry for US distribution. How else could food recalls be insured against or even activated or litigated against.

Its easier to act if there is someone there in US able to act. Responsibility, traceability in food business can do tjis.

It comes down to getting involved more downstream and investing more perhaps to become regulatory compliant with US law and FSMA.

This below on BBC

Offering an example of an American trade restriction, Mr Johnson said: “Melton Mowbray pork pies, which are sold in Thailand and in Iceland, are currently unable to enter the US market because of, I don’t know, some sort of food and drug administration restriction.”

He continued: “UK bell peppers cannot get into the US market at all.

“Wine shipments are heavily restricted. If you want to export wine made in England to the US you have to go through a US distributor.

“There is a tax on British micro-breweries in the US that doesn’t apply to US micro-breweries in the UK.”


Why you may never want to eat shrimp again….

The case for reading your food labels properly – look at traceability embedded into the labels and transparency information on how your shrimp grown.

This article is 5 years old but things have moved along in technology and understanding of food safety.

The human gut host billions if not trillions of different bacteria, as does the shrimp gut – so bound to find large mix of prevalent bacteria from host region.

Just cook well and wash hands before eating – noting that over past 20 years and since introduction of HACCP the cases of food borne illnesses and recalls for shrimp have been the lowest of any food category.

Here it is in b&w……The Economist case for why the shrimp industry works…..

Shrimp industry does not need consolidation or to be run like the salmon industry.

It will be counter productive to consolidate. This is the message of what companies are for.

Innovation, widely dpread ownership and diverse firms that adapt fast to society’s needs is the better route.

Collective capitalism is already the existing shrimp farming model if one takes a helicopter view.

Also as a young industry, highly profitable and under continual scrutiny, shrimp aquaculture in its relatively short 40 years has not had the luxury to externalize its wastes….

Cryo-EM Blobology – ultra-high-definition-3D-video-ology

Can’t wait to see shrimp viruses and processes looked at using this technology.

Slices and slide using X-ray crystallography will become redundant older technology.

The man helping to save Senegal’s mangroves

Lovely video – makes Prawnmaster also want to dive back in.

BBC News – The man helping to save Senegal’s mangroves

Majority of shrimp farmers – especially those in South America – understand the importance of mangroves to their business.

Here, in Senegal, there are no shrimp farms and yet mangroves have been destroyed at higher rate than areas with shrimp farming.

Same for regions in US with the likes of Florida and Puerto Rico having mangrove forest cover loss up to 95% in some areas.

Shrimp farming has had a bad rap on this.

More here on Senegal mangroves.