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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Know Your Supplier: Ethoxyquin & Shrimp Aquaculture

In 2012, the government of Japan began to reject shrimp imported from India and Vietnam for the presence of a chemical called Ethoxyquin, a synthetic antioxidant used in fish meal feed as well as many other applications:  http://www.shrimpalliance.com/know-your-supplier-continued-ethoxyquin-nitrofurans-and-chloramphenicol/  In October of that year, the government of India raised concerns regarding the government of Japan’s actions at the Sanitary and Phytosanitary […]

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Shipments of Vietnamese Shrimp Contaminated with Antibiotics Discovered by FDA Again in November

News Alert:  Shipments of Vietnamese Shrimp Contaminated with Antibiotics Discovered by FDA Again in November Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published information regarding entry line refusals for the month of November.  The agency reported refusing a total of 129 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 9 (7.0%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related […]

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FDA Is Cracking Down on Contaminated Shrimp Imports

In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reported refusing 203 entry lines of imported shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues.  The number of refusals was not only substantially higher than what FDA had refused in the prior three years, refusals increased in frequency as the year wore on.  In fact, in the second half of 2014 […]

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SSA Asks FDA to Take Additional Action Regarding Shrimp Shipped from Malaysia

Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) refused 203 entry lines of imports of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues.  In the three years prior (2011 through 2013), the FDA reported refusing a grand total of 253 entry lines of shrimp for the same reasons. The substantial increase in refusals is the result of a number […]

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Know Your Supplier Update: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

For November 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) has reported that the agency refused a total of 82 entry lines of seafood.  Of these refusals, 21 were for antibiotic contamination of shrimp products. This reporting continues the recent trend of increased FDA regulatory action to counter the continued presence of banned antibiotics in imported shrimp.  As shown in […]

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Know Your Supplier (Update): The Broken Record, Banned Antibiotics, and Vietnamese Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently released information regarding refusals of imported seafood in June 2014.  In total, 126 entry lines of seafood products were refused last month.  Of these, a remarkable 25 were shipments of shrimp refused for contamination with banned veterinary drugs. The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s informal tracking of data released by the FDA indicates that […]

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Why Is the FDA Inspecting So Little Seafood from Vietnam?

The magazine Mother Jones published a short article by Tom Philpott yesterday that asks “Why is the FDA inspecting so little imported seafood?”  The post refers to the recent story by Bloomberg Businessweek on aquaculture conditions in Vietnam and China as well as concerns regarding the continued use of banned antibiotics in foreign aquaculture voiced by reporters, activists, and FDA […]

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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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GAO Issues Report Calling on FDA to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood

On May 16, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public a report prepared for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of banned antibiotics, fungicides, and other harmful drug residues in imported seafood.  The report, “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage […]

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