U.S. Senate Votes "YES" LABEL GMO Salmon Affected

To All Our Buyers and Chefs,

 

We are coming on both the end of Lent with Good Friday and the Easter holiday this Sunday, if there are any special need for this weekend please call us in advance to make sure we have you covered. We have no Corvina for the beginning of the week, most of the boats are in for the Holy week, and the Easter holiday. There are still a few boats out, and waiting to hear what they have tomorrow and Wednesday. We do have for you this week:

 

·         Black Sea Bass – Large and Jumbo are at a great price due to large catches; $$

·         Wild Striped Bass – fish are big and beautiful; $$

·         Local Monkfish Tails – great texture, mild taste adapts to many flavors; $$

·         Open Blue Cobia – rich in Omega-3’s, great texture and rich flavor; $$

·         American Red Snappers – great for a crudo or center of the plate protein; $$

·         Swordfish Loins – nice fat content and screaming fresh; $$

·         Tuna #2 – great for a slider, burger or salad; $$

 

Lots of East Coast Oysters, Clams, Mussels and Lobsters for your shellfish platters. Tons of frozen Domestic Shrimp, Spanish Octopus and Squid too.

On this Day:

·         Thomas Jefferson takes office as the first Secretary of State in the new nation's capital, New York City. 1790

·         Florenz Ziegfield was born in 1867; an American Broadway impresario, notable for his series of theatrical revues, the Ziegfeld Follies, inspired by the Folies Bergère of Paris. He was known as the "glorifier of the American girl" and a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame. He built the 1600-seat Ziegfeld Theatre on Sixth Avenue, the auditorium was egg-shaped with the stage at the narrow end.

·         Alan Freed presents Moondog Coronation Ball at old Cleveland Arena. 25,000 attend 1st Rock & Roll concert ever in 1952

It is also National Crunchy Taco Day – some Taco Bell fun facts

  1. Founder, Glenn Bell, first opened the chain “Del Tacos,” the first hard taco franchise.
  2. In 1962, a tacos only cost 19 cents.
  3. He was the first to fry his taco shells in advance, before then, they were fried on demand.
  4. They were the first fast food chain to have movie tie-in promotions.


 

U.S. Senate Votes In Favor Of GMO Labeling; GMO Salmon Affected   SeafoodSource

Consumer groups in favor of labeling on genetically modified organisms (GMO) foods praised this week’s Senate vote in the U.S. Senate against the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act. On Wednesday, 16 March, the Senate voted against the legislation by a narrow margin, 49-48. The bill, which opponents dubbed the “Deny Americans the Right to Know,” or DARK Act, would have prevented Vermont and other states from labeling GMO foods, instead giving the federal government jurisdiction over GMO labeling.

As far as the effect of the bill’s failure on GMO salmon, proponents of labeling on AquaBounty’s GMO salmon, AquAdvantage, which was approved by the FDA last year, believe the Senate vote is a win.

“This [AquAdvantage] is a new species that will be introduced into our markets, homes, and quite possibly, contrary to what any Environmental Assessment claims, our ecosystems….I also well know the immense value of our fisheries and the potential for havoc that ‘Frankenfish’ could wreak upon wild, sustainable stocks,” Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Ak.) said on the Senate floor before the vote. “It would be a mistake to allow genetically engineered salmon into our homes, mislabeled as salmon.” Sen. Murkowski supported Alaska’s passage of a mandatory labeling on GMO foods last year, and did not want Alaska to lose the right to label those foods.

AquaBounty did not respond to SeafoodSource’s email requesting comment on the vote.

Support for the vote was echoed by many other consumer advocacy groups. “More than 90 percent of Americans want GMO labeling and this bill would have done nothing to satisfy the tidal wave of consumer demand for transparency evident in states across the U.S.,” said Lisa Archer, food and technology program director for Friends of the Earth. However, the companion bill, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, passed in the House last year and the Senate’s narrow voting margin could signal a difficult road ahead for opponents of the legislation. The bill would set a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients, according to The Hill.

“The food industry that opposes mandatory GMO labeling has said they will continue to push the Senate to pass something that would preempt state laws,” Patty Lovera, assistant director of Food & Water Watch, told SeafoodSource. If proponents continue to push for the bills that do not require mandatory labeling, it will “only accelerate consumer distrust of large food companies and their processed food, said Gary Ruskin, co-director of the advocacy group U.S. Right to Know.

Still, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), sponsor of the failed Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act, said that opponents of the bill have not provided a better solution. “Opponents of this approach would not put forward a proposal for a vote. Why is that? Will their proposals pass the Senate or better yet, the House? In short, where is their solution?” Roberts said in a statement. “Without their own solution, opponents of this bill must favor the status quo.”

The standard set forth in the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act is a “responsible, enforceable, scientific and proactive approach to arm consumers with the information they want to make informed choices about what to put on the dinner table,” Roberts said. “My approach to labeling acknowledges what many American consumers forget: our food is abundant, affordable and safe. We must continue our reliance on science and technology to ensure our continued prosperity.”

“All that meat and no potatoes, 

Just ain't right, like green tomatoes.

Here I'm waiting, palpitatin',

For all that meat and no potatoes”

‘All That Meat And No Potatoes’, recorded by Fats Waller today in 1941.

Regards,


 

TEAM DOWN EAST

Susan Parker

SALTY SUSAN

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www.saltysusan.com

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