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

August 7th, 2017
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 related to banned antibiotics were reported in June either, this is the first time that the FDA has gone two months without reporting such a refusal since April and May 2006.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request made to the agency by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the FDA has reported the number of shrimp samples collected for testing for banned antibiotics and dyes on a fiscal year basis. As shown in the chart below, the number of shrimp samples collected each year has significantly increased.

The FDA additionally reported the number of tests conducted that resulted in detection of banned antibiotics or dyes. These data confirm that a small minority of total shrimp imports are found to contain banned antibiotics. Nevertheless, the FDA’s detection rate in FY2016 – 4.2% – is significantly higher than the detection rate reported by the agency in fiscal years 2003 through 2007. Because the volume of shrimp imports into the United States is so high, if 4.2% of all shrimp imports were contaminated in FY2016, that would indicate that roughly 55.6 million pounds of shrimp entered the United States with detectable quantities of banned antibiotics between October 2015 and September 2016.

June Shrimp Catch Down; Louisiana Landings Show Sharp Drop

July 24th, 2017
NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Data Management division has released landings data for shrimp harvested in the Gulf of Mexico for the month of June.  These data show that shrimp landings in June were significantly below historic norms and down compared to last year.
In total, NOAA reported that shrimpers in the Gulf landed 10.9 million pounds of shrimp in June, a figure 37.6% below the prior fifteen-year historic average for the month (17.5 million pounds), and nearly a million pounds less than the shrimp landed in the Gulf in June of last year (11.7 million pounds).  Although landings in Texas for the month – 3.0 million pounds – were equal to the prior fifteen-year historic average for June and the highest since 2012, landings in Louisiana were the lowest recorded for any June in the NOAA data compiled by the Southern Shrimp Alliance.  Last month, shrimpers in Louisiana landed 4.5 million pounds of shrimp, 58.0% below the prior fifteen-year historic average of 10.6 million pounds.
Generally, for the month of June, shrimp landed in Louisiana accounts for half or more of the shrimp landed in the Gulf for the month.  In June 2012, shrimp landed in Louisiana (6.5 million pounds) comprised only 46.1% of total Gulf landings for the month (14.1 million pounds), but that has been the lowest that Louisiana’s share of June landings had fallen until this year.  Last month, landings in Louisiana accounted for only 41.0% of total Gulf landings.
For the first six months of the year, total shrimp landings in the Gulf sit at 41.2 million pounds, the highest since 2012 (41.4 million pounds) and 6.0% below the prior fifteen-year historic average of 43.8 million pounds.  Outside of Louisiana, the shrimp catch has been significantly above average thus far in 2017.  The volume of shrimp landed in Alabama for the year, 6.1 million pounds is 95.4 percent above the historic average (3.1 million pounds) and the most ever recorded for the state; the 10.9 million pounds of shrimp landed in Texas is 26.4% over the historic average (8.6 million pounds) and the most since 2011; landings on the West Coast of Florida (4.2 million pounds) are the most since 2006 (5.9 million pounds) and are 11.3% above the historic average (3.8 million pounds); while the 2.7 million pounds of shrimp landed in Mississippi is the most since 2012 (3.0 million pounds) and 10.4% above the historic average.  In contrast, the 17.3 million pounds of shrimp landed so far this year in Louisiana – although higher than the volume of shrimp landed in the first six months of 2016 and 2015 – are 33.2% below the prior fifteen-year historic average of 25.8 million pounds.
NOAA reports that ex-vessel prices for 21-25 count headless shrimp and smaller were up sharply last month compared to June of 2016.  In the Northern Gulf, encompassing docks in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, ex-vessel prices for 21-25 count shrimp were reported to be $4.54 per pound compared to $3.46 in June 2016; $3.55 per pound for 26-30 count shrimp compared to $2.74 in June 2016; $2.97 per pound for 31-35 count shrimp compared to $2.03 in June 2016; $2.65 per pound for 36-40 count shrimp compared to $1.77 in June 2016; and $2.25 per pound for 41-50 count compared to $1.43 in June 2016.
Please click the following link to view SSA’s compilation and summary of June 2002-2017 Shrimp Landings and Ex-Vessel Prices for June 2001-2017:

http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/June-2017-Landings.pdf

Commerce Discontinues Use of Bangladeshi Wage Rates to Value Vietnamese Labor Costs in Shrimp Antidumping Duty Proceedings

June 29th, 2017
Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade issued a decision affirming the U.S. Department of Commerce’s determination to abandon the use of wage rates from the Bangladeshi shrimp processing industry to value labor costs for Vietnamese shrimp processors in its calculation of antidumping duties for Vietnamese shrimp.

Because Vietnam is not a market-based economy, Commerce is required to look to countries with market economies at similar levels of economic development to ascertain what costs would be like for Vietnamese shrimp producers if they operated in a market environment.  For most of the antidumping duty proceedings related to Vietnamese shrimp, Commerce has used costs from Bangladesh.

The Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee has repeatedly challenged the use of Bangladeshi wage rates to value Vietnamese shrimp processing costs, arguing that the documented widespread abuse of labor in the Bangladeshi shrimp industry, as well as U.S. government actions in response to that abuse, render these values aberrational and not representative of what labor costs would be like if Vietnam operated a market economy.  Commerce had rejected this argument at the agency level, but after appeals by the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee to the U.S. Court of International Trade, the agency was ordered to reconsider its reliance on Bangladeshi wage rates.

Upon reconsideration, Commerce determined that in light of the evidence placed on the administrative record by the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee, the agency would no longer use Bangladeshi wage rate data and would, instead, rely on Indian wage rate data to value Vietnamese shrimp processing labor costs.  In the decision issued today, the Court found that Commerce’s redetermination complied with its prior order and sustained the agency action.

Because of the Court’s decision, the duty assessment rate on Vietnamese shrimp imports entered into the United States between February 1, 2013 and January 31, 2014 – the ninth administrative review period – increased from 1.16 percent for shrimp from Thuan Phuoc Seafoods and Trading Corporation to 1.42 percent and from 0.91 percent for shrimp from all Vietnamese companies that qualified for a separate rate to 1.05 percent.
Commerce is currently considering the same issue in the context of Vietnamese shrimp imports entered into the United States between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013, following an order from the U.S. Court of International Trade requiring the agency to review its reliance on Bangladeshi wage rates in that proceeding as well.

Read the U.S. Court of International Trade’s decision in Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee v. United States, Slip Op. 17-76 (June 29, 2017) here: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/AHSTAC-Final-Decision.pdf

Through May, Highest Volume of Shrimp Landings in the Gulf Since 2006

June 26th, 2017
Through May, Highest Volume of Shrimp Landings in the Gulf Since 2006
NOAA’s publication of shrimp landings in the Gulf of Mexico for the month of May reports that, through the first five months of this year, more shrimp has been landed by commercial fishermen than any year since 2006. In total, Gulf shrimpers have harvested 30.3 million pounds of shrimp this year, up from 23.6 million pounds last year. This marks the third straight year of increased landings compared to the year prior. Shrimp landings in 2017 are thus far 18.7 percent over the prior fifteen-year historical average of 25.5 million pounds and the volume of shrimp landed is the highest total reported since Gulf shrimpers landed 35.2 million pounds of shrimp in the first five months of 2006.
4.7 million of those 30.3 million pounds of shrimp caught in the gulf were landed in Alabama, a record volume over the sixteen-year historical period tracked by the Southern Shrimp Alliance. The 1.3 million pounds of shrimp landed in Mississippi in the first five months of 2017 is the most reported for that state for the same time period since 2004; the 3.7 million pounds of shrimp landed on the West Coast of Florida is the most reported for that area 2006; the 7.9 million pounds landed so far this year in Texas is the most reported for that state since 2011; and the 12.8 million pounds landed in Louisiana is the most reported for that state since 2013.
These numbers were bolstered by a robust month of May. NOAA reports that 14.6 million pounds of shrimp were landed in the Gulf last month, the highest for the month since 2011, well above the 10.3 million pounds landed in May 2016, and 5.6 percent above the previous fifteen-year historical average of 13.8 million pounds. More shrimp was landed in Texas (3.4 million pounds) and Alabama (1.5 million pounds) than in any previous May over the sixteen-year historical period tracked by the Southern Shrimp Alliance.
As volumes have increased, the dockside prices that NOAA reports for medium and small-sized shrimp has recovered. Dockside prices for 26-30 count shrimp in all regions increased significantly compared to May of 2016 and May of 2015. Prices for 26-30 count shrimp in the Northern Gulf – where they were reported to be the lowest of all three regions – were at $3.98 per pound, a substantial improvement over the $3.14 per pound dockside price reported in May of last year for the same count size. Similarly, ex-vessel prices reported for 41-50 count shrimp were significantly above those reported in May 2016. Prices for 41-50 shrimp in the Northern Gulf were at $2.25 per pound compared to $1.66 per pound in May 2016.
Please click the following link to view SSA’s compilation and summary of May 2002-2017 Shrimp Landings and Ex-Vessel Prices for May 2001-2017:

http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/May-2017-Landings.pdf

Request for Public Comments: Coast Guard Regulatory Form

June 12th, 2017
Good Day,
An opportunity to effect change!  The U.S. Coast Guard has put forth a
request for public comments on “Evaluation of Existing Cast Guard
Regulations, Guidance Documents, Interpretative Documents, Collection of
Information” by Executive Orders for regulatory form.
You will have until 10 July, 2017 to provide your comments.
Feel free to contact me or your local examiner for questions.
Regards,
Mr. Al Waterford, USCG (ret.)
Program Manager, Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety
Fishing and Passenger Vessel Examiner
United States Coast Guard
Sector St. Petersburg
Preventions Department
155 Columbia Dr.
Tampa, FL 33606
Tel #: (813) 228-2196, ext. #8136
Fax #: (813) 228-2399
For More Info Go To:
Commercial Fishing Vessel “Checklist Generator”
“As a maritime regulator, it is imperative we engage and keep pace with industry.  The Coast Guard will facilitate commerce – we will not impede it.”  – Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, Commandant

Please click the following link to view the federal register: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/CG_RRFT_Notice_170608.pdf

FDA Refused 22 Shrimp Entry Lines in April and May for Banned Antibiotics

June 7th, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding entry line refusals for the period running from Tuesday, April 18th through Friday, May 26th.  For the full month of April and all but three days of May, 22 of the 227 (9.7%) total seafood entry line refusals reported have been of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.

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The twenty-two shrimp entry lines refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in April and May were from China, Hong Kong, India, and Vietnam and were reported by four different FDA import divisions:

  • Suryamitra Exim Pvt Ltd (India), a company that is not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, Import Alert 16-127, or Import Alert 16-129 (Suryamitra had been listed on Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans since March 15, 2017 but was removed from the list on June 2, 2017), had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues by the Division of Northeast Imports on April 1, 2017;
  • Bluepark Seafoods (India), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans in its shrimp on May 15, 2017, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of Northeast Imports on April 5, 2017;
  • Minh Phu Seafood Corporation (Vietnam), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-124 for sulfamethoxazole in its shrimp on February 22, 2017 after its affiliate Minh Qui Seafood Co., Ltd. had been added to that Import Alert for sulfamethoxazole in its shrimp on July 22, 2016, had four entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with chloramphenicol by the Division of Southeast Imports on April 7, 2017;
  • Donggang Tianquan Aquatic Food C (China), a company that has not been exempted from Import Alert 16-131, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of West Coast Imports on April 13, 2017;
  • Narong Seafood Co., Ltd. (Thailand), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans in its shrimp on June 13, 2016, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues by the Division of West Coast Imports on April 18, 2017;
  • Fuqing Dongwei Aquatic Products (China), a company that has been exempted from Import Alert 16-131 for breaded shrimp products only, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues and unsafe additives by the Division of West Coast Imports on April 18, 2017;
  • Kalyan Aqua & Marine Exports India (India), a company that is not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, Import Alert 16-127, or Import Alert 16-129, had ten entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of Southeast Imports on April 24, 2017;
  • Good Luck Product Co., Ltd. (Thailand), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-124 for ciprofloxacin in its shrimp on May 12, 2017, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of West Coast Imports on May 11, 2017;
  • Shanhai Seafood Co., Ltd.  (China), a company that has not been exempted from Import Alert 16-131, had one entry line refused for breaded shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of Southwest Imports on May 16, 2017; and
  • Speed Ocean Industrial Co Ltd (Hong Kong), a company that is not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, Import Alert 16-127, or Import Alert 16-129, had one entry line refused for “Shrimp & Prawns, Cakes, Balls, etc.” contaminated with veterinary drug residues by the Division of Northeast Imports on May 17, 2017.

Of the 47 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics thus far in 2017, India (12) and Vietnam (12) accounted for the majority, while China (11) and Thailand (7) accounted for all but five of the remaining refusals.

 

Unusually High Shrimp Production in April; Dockside Prices Recovered

May 24th, 2017
NOAA has released landings data for shrimp harvested in the Gulf of Mexico for the month of April.  These data show that shrimp landings in April were well above historic norms.
Throughout the Gulf, 5.3 million pounds of shrimp were reported as landed in April.  This is over twice the fifteen-year historic average for the month (2.5 million pounds) and is far and away the most shrimp landed in an April over the last sixteen years.  Prior to this year, the highest volume of shrimp reported as harvested in the Gulf in April was 3.8 million pounds in 2006.
So far this year, 15.7 million pounds of shrimp has been landed in the Gulf of Mexico, an amount 32 percent higher than the prior sixteen-year historical average of 11.8 million pounds.  More shrimp has been landed in 2017 compared to the first four months of any year going back to 2001, setting a new high watermark above the 15.6 million pounds landed in 2006.
Only a small minority of shrimp landed during a year is harvested between January and April, with the first four months of each year accounting for anywhere between 7 and 14 percent of total annual landings.  However, the last year that shrimp landings in the first third of the year exceeded 15 million pounds – in 2006 – the total volume of shrimp landed in the Gulf exceeded 160 million pounds.  2016, in comparison, was a disappointing production year with only 93.9 million pounds reported as landed through the year.
Landings for the first third of the year are uniformly above historical averages in every part of the Gulf.  Louisiana’s 4.8 million pounds of shrimp in 2017 is 22 percent above the prior sixteen-year historical average of 4.0 million pounds and the highest volume recorded in the state since 2012.  The 4.4 million pounds reported as landed in Texas is slightly below the 4.5 million pounds reported in the first four months of 2015, but is 9.1 percent above the prior sixteen-year historical average of 4.1 million pounds.  Landings in the West Coast of Florida, at 2.8 million pounds in 2017, are the highest recorded since 2006 and 14.5 percent higher than the prior sixteen-year average of 2.4 million pounds.  In Alabama, the reported 3.2 million pounds of shrimp landed in 2017 is the highest volume recorded for the state in the data compiled by the Southern Shrimp Alliance and 140 percent above the prior sixteen-year historical average of 1.3 million pounds.  Even in Mississippi, the 418 thousand pounds of shrimp landed thus far this year is 20.4 higher than the prior fifteen-year historical average of 347 thousand pounds.
Although the volume of shrimp reported as landed has been unusually high, the dockside prices reported by NOAA have shown improvements compared to April 2016 across count sizes, with large increases reported in the Northern Gulf.  For that region, ex-vessel prices for U15 count shrimp increased from $8.42 per pound in April 2016 to $9.37 per pound in April 2017; ex-vessel prices for 26-30 count shrimp jumped from $3.16 per pound in April 2016 to $4.50 per pound in April 2017; and ex-vessel prices for 41-50 count shrimp more than doubled from $1.12 per pound in April 2016 to $2.55 per pound in April 2017.
Please click the following link to view SSA’s compilation and summary of April 2001/2002-2017 Shrimp Landings and Ex-Vessel Prices for April 2001-2017: http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/April-2017-Landings.pdf

Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

May 11th, 2017
A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/04.27.17-Senate-Letter-to-Sec-Ross-FINAL-Signed1.pdf.
The letter, spearheaded by Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), and signed by Senators Cornyn (R-TX), Cochran (R-MS), Shelby (R-AL), Wicker (R-MS), Blumenthal (D-CT), Cruz (R-TX), Markey (D-MA), Tillis (R-NC), Kennedy (R-LA) and Strange (R-AL), cites the litany of illegal and fraudulent activities that plague much of the more than $5 billion of shrimp imported into the U.S. each year. These include evading U.S. antidumping duties recently extended by the International Trade Commission (ITC) on shrimp imports from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam in order to protect the U.S. industry – also with strong Congressional support.
The letter further cites the illegal use of dangerous, FDA-banned antibiotics by foreign shrimp farms and the unconscionable efforts of some shrimp importers to evade FDA’s enforcement of that ban designed to protect the health of U.S. consumers. As the letter notes, if that’s not bad enough, shrimp imports are also sometimes the product of Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fisheries, as well as slave labor.
“Shrimp is by far the most valuable seafood import to the United States, and in turn, the scale and scope of fraudulent activities associated with shrimp imports transcends that of any other seafood import”, said John Williams, Executive Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance which is on record in strong support of this program during and since its development.
The program would require importers of record to secure federal permits, and to report to the U.S. government and keep records on, subject to audit, essential data on any seafood shipment presented for entry into U.S. commerce. The purpose of this data is to both verify that the product was legal when it was first caught or raised on a farm, and to ensure that the legal integrity of that product was maintained throughout the supply chain of custody and not misrepresented at the U.S. border.
As it stated in its public comments when the program was first proposed, “SSA believes the proposed seafood import traceability program is among the most promising tools for combatting the rampant, widespread fraud associated with both wild and farm-raised shrimp imports as well as the incidences of IUU fishing in foreign shrimp fisheries which include human trafficking and labor abuses.”
As noted by the Senators in their letter, despite these extensive fraudulent activities, the application of the program to shrimp imports was delayed indefinitely in response to dubious concerns that the program may be subject to challenge under the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The concern, raised by the previous Administration, is that U.S. shrimp farms are not required by regulation to retain or report to the U.S. government the same data on their shrimp production as is required of shrimp importers under this new program. And so, it was argued, any traceability obligations would be an unfair burden on imports.
“To put this into context”, said Mr. Williams, “shrimp imports represent over 90 percent of the annual supply of shrimp to the U.S. market, while U.S. shrimp farms supply a fraction of 1 percent. Given the damage illegal shrimp imports have done to our domestic shrimp industry over the years, and given the serious threat to the health of millions of U.S. shrimp consumers from long-term exposure to illegal antibiotics, holding this program up for shrimp imports was simply a very poor decision. It is not an unreasonable burden on trade to expect importers to be able to prove that their products are legal and are actually what they claim them to be.”
Mr. Williams added; “Apparently, the Senators agree and have urged the Secretary Ross to ‘lift the stay’ and implement the program for shrimp imports as quickly as possible. We would like to once again thank Senator Cassidy for his leadership and the many U.S. Senators who signed this letter for their extraordinary support for our industry. We expect their request for Secretary Ross to do the right thing to protect U.S. shrimpers and U.S. shrimp consumers will carry great weight with him as he has made clear his own commitment to advance the best interests of the U.S. when it comes to trade policies.”

Louisiana Spring Shrimp Season to Open May 8th

May 5th, 2017
News Release

 

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2017

 

Contact: Ashley Wethey

Public Information
LDWF

(504) 286-8733

awethey@wlf.la.gov

 

 

Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the opening dates of the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season based on data provided by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and public comments.

 

The opening dates for the 2017 Louisiana spring shrimp season are as follows:

  • The portion of state inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line to the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15
  • The portion of state inside waters from the eastern shore of South Pass of the Mississippi River to Freshwater Bayou to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 8
  • The portion of state inside waters from Freshwater Bayou to the Louisiana/Texas state line to open at 6 a.m. on Monday, May 15

LDWF biologists monitored hydrological parameters and conducted over 500 trawl samples throughout the state’s estuarine and nearshore waters over the last five weeks to develop management recommendations for spring inshore opening dates. The Department provided projections of the dates when a minimum of 50 percent of the inshore brown shrimp population sampled reach sizes of 100 count per pound or larger.

 

The Commission granted authority to the Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to delay these opening dates if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, and; to close any portion of Louisiana’s inside waters to protect small juvenile white shrimp if biological and technical data indicate the need to do so, or enforcement problems develop. The Secretary is further granted the authority to open any area, or re-open any previously closed area, and to open and close special shrimp seasons in any portion of state waters.

 

For a map detailing these openings see above or click here.

 

For more information, contact Jeffrey Marx (337) 373-0032 or jmarx@wlf.la.gov.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup

FDA’s Refusals of Indian Shrimp for Antibiotics Spike in April

May 5th, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now released information regarding entry line refusals for the entire month of April. In total, 19 of the 114 (16.7%) of the entry line refusals reported for this month have been of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.
The FDA’s 19 entry line refusals for the month of April were the most for any month this year. Indian shrimp exporters (twelve) and Vietnamese shrimp exporters (twelve) have accounted for the majority of shrimp entry line refusals in 2017. All twelve refusals of Indian shrimp entry lines for banned antibiotics took place last month.
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The nineteen shrimp entry lines refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in April were from China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam and were reported by six different FDA districts:
  • Kalyan Aqua & Marine Exports India (India)

    , a company that is not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, Import Alert 16-127, or Import Alert 16-129, had
    ten entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the New Orleans District;
  • Minh Phu Seafood Corporation (Vietnam), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-124 for sulfamethoxazole in its shrimp on February 22, 2017 after its affiliate Minh Qui Seafood Co., Ltd. had been added to that Import Alert for sulfamethoxazole in its shrimp on July 22, 2016, had four entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with chloramphenicol in the Florida District;
  • Suryamitra Exim Pvt Ltd (India), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans in its shrimp on March 15, 2017, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues in the New England District;
  • Bluepark Seafoods (India), a company that is not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, Import Alert 16-127, or Import Alert 16-129, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the New York District;
  • Narong Seafood Co., Ltd. (Thailand), a company that was added to Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans in its shrimp on June 13, 2016, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues in the San Francisco District;
  • Fuqing Dongwei Aquatic Products (China), a company that has not been exempted from Import Alert 16-131, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues and an unsafe additive in the Los Angeles District;and
  • Donggang Tianquan Aquatic Food C (China), a company that has not been exempted from Import Alert 16-131, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the Los Angeles District.


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