Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms can cause deadly forms of […]

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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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2018 Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in Line with 2017

For the month of December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 3 out of the 78 (3.8%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Additionally, the FDA updated its reporting for the month of November to include an additional three entry line refusals of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. […]

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FDA Crackdown on Antibiotic-Contaminated Chinese Shrimp and Indian Shrimp With Salmonella Continues in March

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) reporting for import refusals in March indicates that 5 out of the 135 (3.7%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With the adjustments made by the FDA to its January reporting, this brings the total entry line refusals of shrimp for reasons related to banned […]

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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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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 […]

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Testimony to Congress Denounces FDA Reliance on Self-Policing Instead of Testing

Tarpon Springs, FL—John Williams, a member of the U.S. shrimp industry for 37 years and executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), testified today before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Commerce and Energy Committee that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies too heavily on U.S. importers to protect the U.S. food supply.  Williams […]

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U.S. Shrimp Industry Recommends Changes to Strengthen FDA

Tarpon Springs, FL—On Monday before the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) advocated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt rigorous safety systems for imported seafood similar to those found in the European Union, Japan and Canada and the USDA’s regulation of imported meat, poultry, and egg products. Currently, the FDA relies solely […]

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