What Every Seafood Buyer Should Know About Catfish and Pangasius
U.S. laws require catfish and pangasius buyers --- no matter
where in the supply chain --- to use 'due care' to avoid buying catfish or pangasius that was
harvested or sold in violation of a federal, state or foreign law. Illegal
catfish and pangasius can be seized and forfeited --- and the buyer and company risk criminal
prosecution if they are negligent. Courts say buyers must take 'affirmative
action' to verify products are lawful. You should always do due diligence,
therefore, before completing a commercial transaction, particularly when buying
catfish and pangasius produced outside the United States.
This Guide gives you a starting point
for your 'affirmative action.' The facts and circumstances surrounding every
transaction differ, and regulations change frequently. Readers should consult a
qualified legal expert for a review of the regulations governing their products,
or for a determination of how these regulations apply to your situation.