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 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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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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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, […]

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