FDA Reports Historic Low in Seafood Entry Line Refusals in June

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported refusing a total of just 55 seafood entry lines in June. This represents, by a significant margin, the lowest monthly total of seafood entry line refusals for any month going back to October 2001, the first month for which data are reported on the FDA’s website. Because the last seafood entry line refusal […]

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Recently Published Study Finds Indonesian Shrimp Contaminated with Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

As part of the First International Conference of Fisheries and Marine Science held by Universitas Airlangga, the second oldest university in Indonesia, researchers at the University published the results of a study evaluating the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in seafood and seafood products in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia.   The paper, Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella sp. in […]

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Banned Antibiotics on Imported Shrimp Addressed on World Food Safety Day

The United Nations has declared June 7 as the first ever World Food Safety Day. Food safety is the absence — or the limitation to safe, acceptable levels — of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food-borne hazards can be microbiological, chemical, or physical in nature. They are often invisible to the plain eye, like bacteria […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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FDA Rejects Shrimp from Mexico and United Arab Emirates in May

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that just 12 out of the 88 (13.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first five months of the year, the FDA has refused a total of 44 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, compared […]

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New Online Tools Address Slavery in Shrimp Supply Chain

“Check Your Supplier” feature of SSA’s website provides government and third-party resources to identify risks of forced labor or banned antibiotics in shrimp production The American commercial shrimp industry is heavily regulated. Federal, state, and local governments set out rules and regulations regarding how, when, and where commercial shrimpers work. They require fishermen to document their activities. They require safeguards be adopted […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms can cause deadly forms of […]

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SSA Submits Comments to CBP Encouraging Increased Enforcement Measures

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched a “21st Century Customs Framework” initiative, intended to give the public an opportunity to comment on the direction and future priorities of the agency.  At a public hearing held regarding the initiative in Washington, DC on March 1, 2019, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) emphasized the importance of the initiative, as well as the […]

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In March, FDA Refuses Vietnamese Shrimp for Antibiotics and Pesticides; Indian Shrimp for Salmonella

For the month of March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 5 out of the 171 (2.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA reported refusing an entry line of shrimp from Vietnam because of the presence of pesticides, as well as six entry lines of shrimp […]

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Recently Published Academic Studies Highlight the Importance of Monitoring Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in Imported Shrimp

When President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019 into law last month, the bill provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with “$500,000 to test Antibiotic Resistance in Imported Seafood.” By specifically funding a testing program, Congress emphasized the importance of detecting and monitoring antimicrobial pathogens on imported seafood, including shrimp.  Congress’s creation of a new testing program coincides […]

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