FDA Refusals for Banned Antibiotics in Shrimp Lowest Since October 2013

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released information reporting that, in October, there were 142 seafood entry lines refused entry into the United States, of which only 1 (0.7%) was of shrimp refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics.
This was the lowest number of refusals of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics since October 2013.  For the year, there have been 113 total entry lines of shrimp for banned antibiotics.
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The shrimp entry line refused by the FDA for antibiotics in October was from a company in Vietnam:
  • Frozen Seafoods Factory No. 32 (F.32) (Vietnam), a company not currently listed on Import Alert 16-129 or Import Alert 16-124, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the Southwest District.
But the small number of reported refusals for shrimp contaminated with banned antibiotics does not appear to indicate that the use of antibiotics has been eliminated from shrimp farming.  To the contrary, other major shrimp importing countries reported significant action regarding shrimp imports last month.
For example, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reported that in October:
  • A shipment was rejected by the agency from the Huy Nam Seafoods Co., Ltd. (Plant Reg. No. DL 344) (Vietnam) for fluoroquinolones on October 18, 2016;
  • Shunde Bangmin Aquaculture Farms (4400/AC076) (China) was added to the CFIA’s Mandatory Inspection List for fluoroquinolones on October 5, 2016; and
  • the large shrimp exporter Falcon Marine Exports Ltd. (Plant Reg. No. 430) (India) was added to the CFIA’s Mandatory Inspection List for nitrofurans on October 11, 2016.
Of the 61 total shipments refused entry into Japan in October by that country’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare because of violations of the Food Sanitation Law, 7 (11.5%) were for shipments of shrimp products contaminated with banned antibiotics.  Six of these shipments originated in Vietnam and one originated in India:
  • A shipment of “frozen broken sushi ebi vannamei” was rejected by Japan from
    Thuan Phuoc Seafoods and Trading Corporation (Vietnam) because of the detection of furazolidone;
  • A shipment of “frozen nobashi vannamei shrimp” was rejected by Japan from Ngo Bros Seaproducts Import-Export One Member Company Limited (Vietnam) because of the detection of furazolidone;
  • A shipment of “frozen vannamei PTO coated by potato starch shrimp” was rejected by Japan from Minh Phu Hau Giang Seafood Corp. (Vietnam) because of the detection of sulfadiazine;
  • A shipment of “frozen PD vannamei shrimp” was rejected by Japan from Cuulong Seaproducts Company (Vietnam) because of the detection of furazolidone;
  • A shipment of “frozen sushi shrimp (boiled peeled tail off shrimp)” was rejected by Japan from Thong Thuan Company Limited (Vietnam) because of the detection of sulfadiazine;
  • A shipment of “frozen IQF cooked and peeled tail off vannamei shrimp” was rejected by Japan from Trong Nhan Seafood Co., Ltd. (Vietnam) because of the detection of enrofloxacin; and
  • A shipment of “frozen HLSO vannamei shrimp” was rejected by Japan from Asvini Fisheries Private Limited (India) because of the detection of furazolidone.

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