The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published updates to The Seafood List—FDA’s Guide to Determine Acceptable Seafood Names: Guidance for Industry. The principles of the guidance document have not changed from the previous version; FDA updated the guidance for ease of understanding and to modify or add examples of acceptable seafood names.

The guidance is intended to advise industry about what FDA considers to be acceptable market and common names for seafood sold in the U.S. and to help manufacturers in labeling seafood products.  The guidance provides more information on the acceptable market name, common name, scientific name, and vernacular name of seafood species sold in the U.S. The names are listed in FDA’s Seafood List.

The most significant change is the addition of “Kanpachi (Ocean-Farmed)” as an acceptable market name for Amberjack (Seriola rivoliana) which was required by Section 774 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Public Law 117-328). FDA published the addition of “Kanpachi (Ocean-Farmed)” in The Seafood List in July 2023.