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Issue 31 : August 2012


We have a new look - we hope you like it! In this back-to-school issue we will give you tips on how to encourage your kids to eat more seafood, learn about certifications and try a new recipe in the kitchen. As always, we'd love more Facebook fans so follow us today - and enjoy!Twitter Youtube Facebook

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Back to School Brain Food
 Nutritionist Susan Greeley, MS, RD suggests Tilapia Nuggets for dinner!
Susan Greeley
As the kids head back to school, many moms (and dads) hit the books too -- cookbooks, that is! Back to school means back to the kitchen. Good nutrition habits may have gone on vacation with the family this summer, but when it's time to get back into a routine, parents look for ways to get nutritious meals on the plate every day. Moms in particular start thinking about making meals that keep kids focused and fight the flu. Eating fish can help with both! It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital in brain development of infants and young children and also support a healthy immune system. These good fatty acids may even help children who deal with anxiety and attention issues, and the lean protein and minerals found in fish are needed for young growing bodies.  


Tips for getting young ones to eat fish

There's knowing and then there's doing. Parents can tell their children that the fish on their plate is good for them or may even help make them the smartest kid in class, but how do you get them to actually eat and enjoy this brain food? The following tips may help make meal time more pleasant by making fish a family favorite.

tilapia triangles2 1. Keep it simple. Most kids don't want fancy or gourmet or UFO's (unidentified food objects) when it comes to dinner time. If they can't identify what they're eating, they often turn up their noses.

2. Make it crispy or crunchy. There's a reason breaded and fried foods, such as fish stic
ks and  nuggets, are kid pleasers. They offer texture and flavor that kids like, and there's nothing unhealthy about making fish this way at home. Breadcrumbs, cereal, and even potato chips can be used to make a tasty, crispy fish enjoyed by the entire family.

3. Fun food tastes better. Okay, maybe not, but kids are more likely to eat it if you give a dish a silly name, so why not try it?!

For a favorite back-to-school dinner that can teach basic shapes to young ones or simply amuse your older geometry student, try this easy recipe for a cornflake-encrusted pan-fried tilapia that guarantees clean plates. As a nutrition side note that parents will feel good about, you can get as much as 160 mg omega-3's per 3-ounce serving of tilapia

Call your customer service representative today to  

place your tilapia order! (800) 277 3459 

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Certification Corner


Want to understand more about the various certifications that we carry? Keep reading! 


Q: What criteria do different standards use in relation to nutrient release (water effluents) at the farm level?   

A: All the standards require adherence to local legislation for water effluent levels. For example, the Ecuadorian Environmental Authority (Legislación Ambiental Secundaria TULA) requires water monitoring at 3-6 different locations multiple times a year. GLOBALG.A.P. requires surveillance of water quality parameters and effluent treatment. Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and International Standards for Responsible Tilapia Aquaculture (ISRTA) set specific concentration limits for phosphorus in the effluent water. ISRTA has set requirements for input and output of phosphorous, according to the standard this is done in order to set focus on input efficiency. BAP has set a specific phosphorous concentration limit. Farms must continue compliance with effluent criteria to maintain certification and shall comply with BAP's final criteria within five years.

BAP applies a similar approach for nitrogen as for phosphorus, setting specific limits for nitrogen release. ISRTA requires the producer to measure input and output of nitrogen; however no specific limits of concentration are defined. Nitrogen and phosphorus release depends on several factors involving feed, including; type, quality and management.
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  Featured Recipe

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Tilapia Triangles and Trapezoids 
THINKTASTYLEARNING! We give you permission to play with your food with this recipe. You can teach your children shapes and brush up yourself at the same time! Click here for the recipe.


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Staff Notes

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Ken Martin, Logistics Coordinator, celebrates his birthday for the first time with Tropical later this month. Happy Birthday!
Larissa Bassarab, Director of Logistics, reached the 8 year mark at Tropical, while Shari Williams, Staff Accountant, completes her 4th year with our team. Thanks for your hard work! 
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