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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GAO Report Asks Why FDA Won’t Ask Foreign Suppliers to Do More to Stop Shipments of Contaminated Seafood

Over the last several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has significantly increased the agency’s testing of imported shrimp for banned antibiotics.  According to data released by the FDA to the Southern Shrimp Alliance in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, the number of tests conducted by the agency has increased tenfold since the beginning of […]

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First Case of EMS Confirmed in the United States

In April 2013, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expressing three concerns:  (1) Are there any known human health implications for the consumption of shrimp contaminated with the microbe that causes early mortality syndrome (EMS)?; (2) What is known […]

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Commerce Announces Preliminary Countervailing Duty Rates, Rejects COGSI’s Arguments Regarding Scope

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary determinations in the subsidy investigations of frozen warmwater shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.  The cash deposit rates announced, along with the relative volume of the shrimp imports represented by each country, are summarized in the table below.   Country 2012 Volume (in metric tons) Cash Deposit […]

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Early Mortality Syndrome

Today the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to raise alarm over the potential effects and spread of a disease currently devastating shrimp farms in southeast Asia. http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Early-Mortality-Syndrome.pdf Little is known about this disease, described as “Early Mortality Syndrome”, which causes 100 percent mortality in affected shrimp ponds.  Only […]

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News Alert: The Petitions for Countervailing Duties

On Friday, December 28, petitions for trade relief from subsidized shrimp imports from seven countries were filed with the U.S. government.  These petitions were filed by the Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries and seek countervailing duties to be imposed on shrimp imports from China, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, due to the alleged subsidization of shrimp exports by […]

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Know Your Supplier (Continued): Ethoxyquin, Nitrofurans, and Chloramphenicol

In September, the FDA refused 148 shipments of seafood imports.  Seven of these refusals (less than five percent) were of frozen shrimp imports.  Six shipments of shrimp, sent from exporters in Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, were refused for the presence of salmonella.  And one shipment of shrimp from Bangladesh was refused because of nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues. At […]

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Ecuador and Organic Shrimp’s “Murky Waters”

Not many shrimpers will describe themselves as environmentalists.  Some will.  Most probably won’t.  The long history of efforts by some organizations to shut down or severely limit shrimp trawling in U.S. waters tend to rile up shrimpers whenever the word “environmentalist” is mentioned.  But that doesn’t mean that shrimpers are not environmentally conscious.  Folks have long dismissed or refused to […]

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SSA Objects to Proposed Changes to How the U.S. Calculates Antidumping Duties

In comments submitted to the Department of Commerce today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance strongly opposed the weakening of U.S. trade laws that will result from recently proposed revisions to how dumping is measured and antidumping duty rates are calculated. Commerce proposed changes to its regulations in response to rulings by the Appellate Body of the World Trade Organization that condemn […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

Tarpon Springs, Fla.— The final Senate version of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is a major step towards improving the Food and Drug Administration practices with respect to imported seafood.  The legislation includes many reforms similar to the Imported Seafood Safety Act, a bill originally introduced by Senator David Vitter, and reflects the input of the Southern Shrimp Alliance.  […]

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