Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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FDA Cracks Down on Indian Shrimp to Begin 2019

In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused a total of twenty-seven (27) entry lines of Indian shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. For these two years, Indian shrimp accounted for one out of every five entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics (27 out of 108). Yet, shrimp sourced from India accounts for more […]

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European Commission Audit Report Reveals Reasons for Flood of Indian Shrimp into the United States

On November 8th, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety made public the report of its audit and evaluation of the Indian government’s control of residues and contaminants in live animals and animal products including controls on veterinary medicinal products. The audit report shows the extensive, unique controls that the Indian government has installed to safeguard against exporting […]

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FDA Reports Refusals of Shrimp Imports Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics from a Wide Variety of Countries

For the month of October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 4 out of the 96 (4.2%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA additionally updated its reporting for the month of September to now include an additional refusal of a shrimp entry line for reasons related to […]

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FDA Rejects More Indian Shrimp for Antibiotic Contamination and Salmonella in August

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that, in August, 6 out of the 107 (5.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This was the second highest number of entry lines refused for antibiotic contamination this year.  Through August, there have been a total of 33 shrimp entry lines refused for […]

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FDA’s Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Highest in a Year

Over the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding import refusals in May indicating that 8 out of the 111 (7.2%) total seafood entry line refusals last month were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This is the highest total of refusals of entry lines for these reasons since April 2017. For the year, the […]

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It’s Official: Shrimp Is Under SIMP

As of today, shrimp imports are now officially covered by the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) in accordance with the final rule published in the Federal Register by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on April 24, 2018.  https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-24/pdf/2018-08553.pdf   “We are one important step closer to protecting millions of U.S. shrimp consumers, our U.S. shrimp fishery, and […]

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FDA Refuses Contaminated Chinese Shrimp and Continues to Reject Indian Shrimp for Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now made public information regarding import refusals for February 2018. Last month, the FDA reported that 3 out of the 156 (1.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. At the same time, the FDA revised its reporting of refusals for January to now omit reference […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Databases Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

The Southern Shrimp Alliance has compiled databases for all shrimp products refused entry by enforcement agencies in the United States, European Union, and Japan due to the presence of banned antibiotics and other antimicrobials. The databases are of information obtained directly from the enforcement agencies’ public disclosures. Users can sort and search the databases, which are compiled in Excel format. The data […]

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2018 Begins With Bangladeshi Shrimp Refused Entry for Banned Antibiotics and Indian Shrimp Refused Entry for Salmonella

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made public information regarding import refusals for the first month of 2018. In January, the FDA reported that 5 out of the 116 (4.3%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Last month was the highest number of entry line refusals of shrimp for banned antibiotics […]

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