The European research project ECsafeSEAFOOD is currently developing innovative sensors to detect harmful toxins and pharmaceutical agents that can accumulate in seafood. ECsafeSEAFOOD is an EU-funded project that aims to assess and evaluate food safety issues related to contaminants of emerging concern present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination. These contaminants are substances that are toxic, persistent and liable to bio-accumulate; and other substances which give rise to an equivalent level of concern.

Norway.- Dried stockfish is a traditional natural product that is subject to natural variations in quality, as the fish is dried outdoors. An exporter in Bergen wanted to ensure stable quality and came up with an idea for a new drying process. A scientist from Nofima has now taken the original idea and developed a process for the indoor drying of fish. Stockfish produced by the new method has been approved by connoisseurs in Italy.

Santiago, Chile.- Científicos evaluaron el método tradicional de sacrificio de la trucha arco iris (Oncorhynchus mykiss) mediante aturdimiento automático seguido de desangre por corte de branquias con un método alternativo que consistió en una disminución rápida de la temperatura con inmersión en hielo líquido. Los científicos concluyeron que el método alternativo no produce la muerte instantánea del pez, pero tiene mayor capacidad que el método tradicional de retener sangre en vísceras y cabezas para ser usada en aumentar la bioseguridad.

Dinamarca.- Una reciente publicación científica provee una actualización de las características estructurales de los carragenanos, agar y alginato, e informa sobre la enzimas que se usan en la extracción y las técnicas de procesamiento para estos hidrocoloides.

Popular commercial seafood purchased from Swedish supermarkets at the Stockholm region contains Beta-Methylamino-L-Alanine (BMAA), shows a doctoral thesis from Stockholm University. BMAA is a naturally-occurring amino acid with a possible link to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It is the first screening study to measure BMAA in commercial seafood from metropolitan markets.

Selangor, Malasia.- Científicos recuperaron un hidrolizado de proteína de pescado de los subproductos de la tilapia a través del uso de la enzima alcalasa. Ellos indican que la alta producción de hidrólisis obtenido del proceso de optimización produce un hidrolizado de proteína de pescado con buenas propiedades nutricionales y funcionales.

Científicos han desarrollado un método para determinar la presencia de metiltestosterona (MT) en la tilapia. La MT no esta aprobado para su uso en la acuicultura de peces en EEUU.

Piracicaba, Brasil.- Los productos de tilapia del Nilo (Oreochromis niloticus) hasta con 13 días no representan un riesgo para el consumidor, debido a que no superan los niveles límites de BVNT.

USA.- In a major breakthrough in shellfish management and disease prevention, researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered a new method to detect a bacterium that has contaminated New England oyster beds and sickened consumers who ate the contaminated shellfish. The new patent-pending detection method – which is available for immediate use to identify contaminated shellfish – is a significant advance in efforts to identify shellfish harboring disease-carrying strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus.

The EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is improving seafood safety in Europe by assessing food safety issues related to contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination, and evaluating their impact on public health.

Tampa, USA.- Scientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are getting what they pay for.