The fish-friendly fish pellets have been touted as a major win for the fish industry, with the industry hoping that the pellets would help it avoid costly imports of imported fish that are often not only poisonous, but also inhumane.
“There’s a huge appetite for fish pellets, and we’ve been seeing a lot of interest in these fish pellets,” Andrew McKeon, president of the Australian Food Safety and Quality Commission, told Business Insider Australia in an interview.
“A lot of people are buying fish products for a variety of reasons and are looking for a fish-free option,” McKeons chief executive told the BBC.
“The fish-feed industry is a large one.
The fish food industry is also a large industry.”
The Food Standards Agency said it had received 1.2 million fish-pelleted fish products in the first half of 2018, and the industry hopes the number will double in 2019.
But the industry is already struggling to meet demand from retailers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a statement on Tuesday that it had no data to indicate that the amount of fish-eating by consumers is linked to the popularity of fish pellets.
“We are aware of anecdotal reports that some people may feel a bit fish-lover-like, but we do not have sufficient data to confirm this,” it said.
“Therefore, we are not currently assessing the effectiveness of fish foods in reducing fish consumption in the population.”FDA officials said that they had “received a lot” of complaints about fish-pellet sales, and they hoped that “the public will continue to support the industry by purchasing fish-safe fish products”.
“Fish-pellets are a key way for the industry to reduce pollution and pollution-related deaths and illnesses in Australian waters, as well as the health of their Australian and international customers,” the agency said.
The EPA said it was working with other agencies in the US and China to monitor the results of a trial involving the use of fish feed pellets to reduce the risk of invasive fish.
It said the trials, which are ongoing, are being conducted at “sensitive sites” where fish are being transported from the US to Australia.
“In addition to the safety of the fish, the public health benefits to fish populations will be significant,” the EPA said.
“Our understanding of the risks to fish from fish pellets and the efficacy of fish products are improving rapidly and the EPA is working with stakeholders in the food industry to accelerate their use.”
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