United Nations Environment Programme Report Highlights Threat Posed by Abuse of Antibiotics in Aquaculture

Earlier this month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report, Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern, finding “antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution among biggest emerging health threats.” The UNEP’s report, launched during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, explained: According to the World Health Organization, we may be entering a post-antibiotic era when simple, and previously treatable, […]

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Another Minh Phu Seafood Refusal for the Third Straight Month; Minh Phu Accounts for Twenty Percent of All Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Refusals in 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now released information regarding import refusals for last month through November 22, 2017.  Over the first three weeks of November, the FDA reports that only 1 out of the 62 (1.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now reported refusing 70 […]

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SSA Supports the Expansion of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System to Include Imported Seafood

One of the topics of concern raised during the 2017 Scientific Meeting of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (“NARMS”) was the failure of the system to address antibiotic use in aquaculture and to monitor antimicrobial resistant pathogens present on seafood products sold in the United States.  As currently organized, NARMS allows the public to access data regarding incidents of […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Highlights Concerns Regarding the Role of Antibiotic Use in Shrimp Aquaculture in the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

The Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will take place in Jeju, Korea from November 27, 2017 until December 1, 2017.  At this session, international delegates will discuss two documents that Codex will consider adopting to address concerns regarding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens […]

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Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Rejected from China and Vietnam in October

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding import refusals for last month through October 24, 2017.  Over the first three weeks of October, the FDA reports that 4 of the 63 (6.4%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now reported refusing 69 entry lines of […]

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Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Rejections Make Up Nearly One-Quarter of the FDA’s Seafood Entry Line Refusals in September

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding import refusals for September through September 22, 2017.  Over the first three weeks of September, the FDA reports that 17 of 76 (22.4%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  The FDA also issued public notice of additional seafood entry line refusals […]

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GAO Report Asks Why FDA Won’t Ask Foreign Suppliers to Do More to Stop Shipments of Contaminated Seafood

Over the last several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has significantly increased the agency’s testing of imported shrimp for banned antibiotics.  According to data released by the FDA to the Southern Shrimp Alliance in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the number of tests conducted by the agency has increased tenfold since the beginning of […]

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FDA Reports Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Rejections in August

After reporting no entry line refusals for shrimp contaminated with banned antibiotics in June and July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued notice yesterday that refusals resumed in August.  The FDA released information regarding import refusals through August 25, 2017 indicating that 3 of the 172 (1.7%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related […]

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Know Your Supplier: Ethoxyquin & Shrimp Aquaculture

In 2012, the government of Japan began to reject shrimp imported from India and Vietnam for the presence of a chemical called Ethoxyquin, a synthetic antioxidant used in fish meal feed as well as many other applications:  http://www.shrimpalliance.com/know-your-supplier-continued-ethoxyquin-nitrofurans-and-chloramphenicol/  In October of that year, the government of India raised concerns regarding the government of Japan’s actions at the Sanitary and Phytosanitary […]

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For the Second Straight Month, FDA Reports No Shrimp Entry Line Refusals for Banned Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding entry line refusals for the period running from Wednesday, June 28th through Thursday, July 27th. Although the FDA reported a total of 129 seafood entry line refusals for the month of July, none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. As no refusals for shrimp for reasons […]

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