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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COURT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE ASKS COMMERCE TO RE-CONSIDER THE FINAL RESULTS OF THE 10th ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF VIETNAMESE SHRIMP

On Thursday, the Court of International Trade issued an opinion and order remanding the Final Results of the tenth administrative review of certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam back to the U.S. Department of Commerce for further consideration. The remand is the result of an appeal filed by Vietnamese shrimp exporters challenging Commerce’s determination to apply a […]

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

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 […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Statement on Antibiotics in Imported Shrimp

The Southern Shrimp Alliance opposes the use of banned antibiotics in shrimp aquaculture.  Beyond undermining consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of shrimp in the U.S. market, the use of banned antibiotics unethically reduces production costs for farmed shrimp by shifting risks from the producer to the consumer. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has made the continued presence of banned antibiotics in […]

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FDA Refuses Shrimp for Antibiotics from Four Different Countries in June

kayOn Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released details regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of June. In total, the agency reported refusing 124 seafood entry lines last month. Of these, 7 (5.6%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first half of 2016, refusals for […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Omnibus Appropriations Bill Highlights Continuing Concerns Regarding Labor in Bangladeshi Shrimp Industry

On Monday night, Congress released the text of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014,” outlining the spending of a trillion dollars for the operation of the federal government.  The compromise bill includes a number of provisions of relevance to the commercial seafood industry, including a section that would, if enacted, afford greater flexibility to the seafood industry in the employment of […]

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Commerce Stops Using $0.21/Hour Wage Rate to Calculate Dumping Margins

Yesterday, the Department of Commerce, under respectful protest, submitted a final remand determination to the Court of International Trade amending the calculation of antidumping duties on Vietnamese shrimp imported into the U.S. between February 2009 and January 2010. As a nonmarket economy, antidumping duties are calculated for Vietnamese imports based on surrogate values obtained from other comparable market economies. To […]

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Comment: Court of International Trade Again Rejects Use of a Twenty-One Cents an Hour Wage Rate to Value Labor in Antidumping Cases

Today, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) issued an opinion in the challenge to the final results of the 5th annual review of the antidumping duty order covering shrimp imported from Vietnam between 2009 and 2010 brought by the Ad Hoc Shrimp Trade Action Committee (AHSTAC).    Because the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) review involved a nonmarket economy, […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): United States Suspends Bangladesh’s GSP Benefits

Last Thursday, the White House issued a proclamation declaring that “it is appropriate to suspend Bangladesh’s designation as a GSP beneficiary developing country because it has not taken or is not taking steps to afford internationally recognized worker rights to workers in the country.”   The decision means that many of Bangladesh’s exports will be denied beneficial tariff rates under […]

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