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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, […]

Supreme Court Rejects Request to Review Commerce’s Authority to Apply High Antidumping Duties in Response to Exporters’ Fraud

In multiple administrative reviews of the antidumping duty order on Chinese shrimp, the Chinese shrimp producer and exporter Hilltop International provided false information to the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) regarding the relationship the company had with a Cambodian company (Ocean King (Cambodia)) that exported shrimp to the United States. Although Hilltop International claimed to have no relationship with Ocean King, […]

SSA Endorses Barry Myers NOAA Administrator

In a November 22, 2017, letter to the leadership of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Southern Shrimp Alliance Executive Director endorsed on behalf of the organization, Mr. Barry Myers as President Trump’s nominee to be the next Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).   The agency plays a central role in the conservation […]

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 […]

$489k in CDSOA Funds for Shrimp Industry in FY2017

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published information regarding the annual distribution under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2017.  In total, CBP reports that $489,058.16 was made available for distribution this year.  No portion of this amount was reported as withheld and all available funds have been distributed. The table below provides […]

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 […]

October Shrimp Landings in Gulf Establish New Historical Low

On Monday afternoon, NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Data Management division released data on October shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, shrimpers landed almost as much shrimp (11.6 million pounds) as was landed in October 2015 (11.7 million pounds).  However, the small decrease in volume from last year’s historic low means that less shrimp was landed last month […]

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 […]