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The Sushi Council—signal a forward-thinking approach to challenges and opportunities ahead

NFI Welcomes BlueNalu, Pioneers Cell-Cultured Seafood, Launches Sushi Council in Industry Firsts

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The following is an excerpt from an article published by bnnbreaking:

Learn how the National Fisheries Institute's strategic inclusion of BlueNalu and the launch of the Sushi Council are shaping the future of the seafood industry through innovation, sustainability, and quality standards.

In a groundbreaking move for the seafood industry, the National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has not only surpassed its record for new member additions but has also welcomed its first cell-cultured seafood company, BlueNalu, into its ranks. This strategic inclusion marks a notable shift towards embracing innovative technologies that promise to redefine seafood sustainability and consumption. Lisa Wallenda Picard, NFI's President and CEO, underscored the importance of this expansion as not merely a numerical increase but a significant evolution towards a more engaged and futuristic industry perspective.

Record-Breaking Growth and Innovation

The National Fisheries Institute's announcement of 23 new members early in 2024, following a year where 22 new members were added, underscores an unprecedented growth trajectory. Among these new members, San Diego-based BlueNalu stands out as a game-changer. Specializing in cell-cultured seafood, BlueNalu's technology extracts living cells from fish tissue to create products that aim to complement traditional seafood sources. This approach not only addresses critical challenges such as overfishing and the impacts of climate change on marine life but also offers a sustainable alternative to meet the growing global demand for seafood.

Setting Sights on Sushi Integrity and Safety

Further solidifying its commitment to innovation and quality, NFI has introduced its inaugural Sushi Council, with BlueNalu among its founding members. This initiative aims to elevate sushi product integrity and promote food safety standards across the U.S., a significant move given the rising popularity of sushi. The formation of the Sushi Council reflects a proactive stance on maintaining high standards in a fast-growing segment of the seafood market, ensuring consumers enjoy not only delicious but also safe and sustainable options.

Charting the Future of Seafood

By embracing companies like BlueNalu, the NFI is not just expanding its membership base; it is actively participating in shaping the future of the seafood industry. Cell-cultured seafood represents a promising frontier that could potentially [...]

Illustration: NFI/BlueNalu

Author:  Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed | Read the full article by clicking the link here

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