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Ex-Bumble Bee Tuna CEO Guilty of Price-Fixing

Prosecutors say he oversaw conspiracy

(Newser) - The former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods was convicted Tuesday for his part in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies. A jury in San Francisco found Christopher Lischewski guilty after a four-week trial, the US Department of Justice said in a release. He had... More »

Tuna Price Conspiracy Will Cost StarKist $100M

Company ordered to pay fine over 5 years

(Newser) - A federal judge in San Francisco on Wednesday ordered StarKist Co. to pay a $100 million fine in a canned tuna price-fixing conspiracy involving the industry's top three companies. The Pittsburgh-based company was also sentenced to 13 months of probation. The tuna giant had asked US District Court Judge... More »

StarKist to Plead Guilty in Tuna Price Conspiracy

Company faces fine of up to $100M

(Newser) - StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors say the industry's... More »

Report: Big Distributor's Claims About 'Local' Seafood Are False

AP investigation exposes Sea to Table

(Newser) - In a global industry plagued by fraud and deceit, conscientious consumers are increasingly paying top dollar for what they believe is local, sustainably caught seafood. But even in this fast-growing niche market, companies can hide behind murky supply chains that make it difficult to determine where any given fish comes... More »

Jessica Simpson Reacts Awesomely to Whole Foods' Chicken Salad Issue

'It happens to the best of us'

(Newser) - As soon as the Whole Foods chicken-salad-that's-actually-tuna debacle made headlines, people started making Jessica Simpson jokes. (One example: "Please don't tell @JessicaSimpson that Whole Foods sold chicken that was actually tuna," Jezebel tweeted when the news first came out.) The jokes were, of course, recalling... More »

Whole Foods Chicken Salad Recalled; It Doesn't Contain Chicken

It's actually tuna salad

(Newser) - If you recently bought "buffalo style chicken salad" at Whole Foods thinking it was, well, chicken ... it might not be. The retailer is recalling approximately 404 pounds of product that was mislabeled as chicken salad but is actually cranberry apple tuna salad, Mashable reports; the affected packages were distributed... More »

US Loses Court Fight to Mexico Over Tuna

WTO's ruling could cost the US millions in trade sanctions

(Newser) - The latest source of US-Mexico trouble: tuna. The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of Mexico to the tune of $163 million in a longtime dispute over the fish. As NPR explains, the dispute centers on "dolphin-safe" labels on cans of tuna adopted by the US in 1990.... More »

New Year's Tuna Sells for $118K

80-year-old Tokyo tradition is about to change

(Newser) - It's among the biggest of Japan's many New Year holiday rituals: Early on Tuesday, a huge, glistening tuna was auctioned for 14 million yen, around $118,000, at Tokyo's 80-year-old Tsukiji market. Sushi restaurateur Kiyoshi Kimura has prevailed in most of the recent new year auctions, and... More »

Bought Tuna Recently? StarKist May Owe You Money

If you purchased one of 4 varieties between 2009 and 2014

(Newser) - Sorry, Charlie, time to pay up. StarKist is offering $25 in cash or $50 in free tuna to eligible consumers as part of a class-action lawsuit settlement worth a total of $12 million, the New York Times reports. Those who meet the qualifications—namely, that they're US residents who... More »

Bumble Bee Forced to Pay $6M for Worker Cooked Alive

Worker Jose Melena died a horrific death

(Newser) - Bumble Bee Foods will fork out $6 million for the horrific death of an employee cooked alive in 12,000 pounds of tuna fish, NBC News reports. Announced Wednesday by prosecutors, the plea agreement is California's biggest ever for a workplace safety violation. It consists of $3 million to... More »

Tuna Plant Charged After Worker Cooked to Death

Colleagues at Calif. plant turned on oven while Jose Melena was inside

(Newser) - Felony charges have been filed more than two years after the horrific death of a worker at a California tuna plant. Bumble Bee Foods and two of its employees have been charged with willfully violating safety rules in the death of 62-year-old Jose Melena, who was cooked to death inside... More »

Shrimp You're Eating Might Be an Impostor

30% is mislabeled across US, group finds

(Newser) - Before biting into that pricey "wild" shrimp caught in the ocean, know that there's a pretty good chance it might taste like rubber because it came from a farm instead. A new study by the advocacy group Oceana suggests that 30% of shrimp sold across the US is... More »

Obama May Create Earth's Biggest Ocean Sanctuary

Would use executive authority to expand Bush-created monument

(Newser) - In 2009, President Bush created an 87,000-square-mile marine sanctuary in the Pacific. Now, his successor wants to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to 782,000 miles, a move that would double the area of protected ocean worldwide, the Washington Post reports. The marine sanctuary would be... More »

Third of US Fish Mislabeled ... Often Dangerously

Seafood fraud has health implications, researchers warn

(Newser) - DNA testing has revealed that there is something extremely fishy going on with seafood labeling in the country's biggest city. The testing found that a startling 39% of seafood samples collected from stores and restaurants in New York City had been mislabeled, usually as fish that was either more... More »

Worker Cooked to Death at Tuna Plant

Not clear how Jose Melena ended up inside 'steamer machine'

(Newser) - Authorities say a 62-year-old employee has been cooked to death at a Southern California seafood plant for tuna maker Bumble Bee Foods. Local media report that Jose Melena was found shortly before 7am Thursday at the plant in Santa Fe Springs. It's not clear how the man ended up... More »

Is 'Tuna Scrape' the Next Pink Slime?

Consumers worried, but experts say it's not nearly as disgusting

(Newser) - First came "pink slime," the processed beef too dubious even for McDonald's . Now "tuna scrape" might be poised to become the seafood equivalent. With a recent salmonella outbreak being linked to tuna scrape—ground backmeat scraped from the bones of the fish—people are asking whether... More »

Tainted 'Spicy Tuna' Linked to Salmonella

More than 100 have fallen ill as chain recalls yellowfin product

(Newser) - A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Moon Marine USA of Cupertino, Calif., also known as... More »

42K-Year-Old Tuna Dinner Discovered

We've been eating the fish for millennia: archeologists

(Newser) - It gives “leftovers” a whole new meaning: Archeologists have discovered the remnants of a 42,000-year-old tuna meal, they say. They found tuna and shark bones in an East Timor cave, near Australia. The findings suggest that ancient humans were capable of deep-sea fishing, shedding light on questions over... More »

If Sushi's Your Turkey Cure, Steer Clear of 'Ex-Lax Fish'

Anal seepage among pitfalls of escolar, aka white tuna

(Newser) - There’s likely to come a point in the next few days when you’re sick of turkey, but if sushi is your proposed cure, be sure to steer clear of a fish that comes with a side of anal seepage: escolar. Sometimes seen on menus as “white tuna,... More »

Foods Most Likely to Make You Sick

(Newser) - From spinach to peanut butter, consumers have weathered plenty of food scares recently. So the Center for Science in the Public Interest combed through CDC data to identify the foods most likely to harbor foodborne illness. Starting with the most dangerous:
  1. Leafy greens: Your salad could easily be coated in
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