Our catfish is sourced only from distributors whose product undergo weekly, stringent taste tests and inspections in order to receive the Certified Processors seal from the United States Department of Commerce (USDC). This system was put in place by The Catfish Institute (TCI)  to prevent food safety problems before they arise meeting the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulatory system.

Read more about the benefits & frequently asked questions below.

What is U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish feed made from?
The largest ingredient in the feed is soybean meal, with some corn and rice ingredients. The feed is routinely assayed for moisture, protein, fat and fiber, and periodically for selected micronutrients to ensure nutritional value. Each batch of feed is checked for physical characteristics, including floatability.

What does “farm-raised” mean?
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is raised in environmentally controlled, clay-based ponds, filled with fresh water pumped from underground wells and filtered by alluvial aquifers. The average pond, constructed by building above-ground levees to serve as natural barriers, is 10 to 20 land acres in area and 4 to 6 feet deep. The fish are fed a scientifically formulated diet of high-protein pellets that float on top of the water. U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is subject to Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point Program (HACCP) regulations and is inspected by the U.S. Department of Commerce at the processing plants before it can carry the Certified Processors seal, confirming it has met the highest standards set by The Catfish Institute.

What gives U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish its clean, mild taste?
Fish tends to adopt the flavor characteristics of what they eat. Because U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is fed a scientifically formulated diet of high-protein pellets that float on top of the water, it has a consistently mild, slightly sweet flavor.

Is U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish healthy?
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is a lean fish and an excellent source of protein. It is low in saturated (bad) fat and is a moderate source of polyunsaturated (good) fat and omega-3 fatty acids. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, moderate fish consumption one to two meals a week may cut the risk of sudden cardiac death in half. The results show that any kind of fish, including U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, can make a difference.

Is farm-raised fish better for the environment?
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is a sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood product. The National Audubon Society, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Environmental Defense all recommend U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish as a safe environmental choice.

Is U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish fed any antibiotics or hormones?
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is not given any added hormones. Under normal growing conditions, U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is antibiotic-free; only in rare instances when medication is required to treat an illness is U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish treated with a necessary dose of antibiotics.

Is there iodine in U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish?
There is no iodine added to the feed or the water of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.

Does U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish feed contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms)? 
To ensure safe animal feed, all U.S. livestock feed products, which include feed for beef, poultry, pork, and catfish, are regulated by the Federal Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about three-fourths of all U.S. corn, and a higher percentage of all U.S. soybeans, are grown from genetically modified seeds. These grains are the primary content of feed used by U.S. Catfish farmers, and other U.S. livestock industries. The U.S. Catfish Industry is committed to the highest quality standards in growing, harvesting, and processing their product, so when the consumer purchases catfish products labeled “U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish,” they can be guaranteed they will enjoy a catfish that is both safe and delicious.

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