Senate Votes 87-11 to Increase Funding for FDA Inspections of Foreign Seafood Facilities and Imported Seafood

Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the “Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019” (H.R. 6147) offered by Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) that significantly increased funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of imported seafood and foreign seafood facilities. […]

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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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New NIOSH Report: Gulf Shrimp Fleet the Safest

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is the federal government agency responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the prevention of work-related injury and illness. This includes generating data on casualties in the U.S. commercial fishing fleets.   For years the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Coast Guard have relied heavily on NIOSH data in developing […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Strongly Supports Executive Order on Duty Collection

This morning the President issued an Executive Order calling upon U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve the collection of duties assessed on imports of merchandise into the United States. CBP has previously reported that it has been unable to collect over $2 billion in assessed antidumping duties. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has reported that these uncollected […]

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U.S. Government Accountability Office Forum on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards

This e-mail is to inform you about a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Engagement on Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards-code 100955. This engagement is in response to a congressional mandate in Section 318 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015 and includes the following key questions: 1) What national and regional trends, if any, emerge from the rates […]

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The Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments to Congress Regarding the Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws

On September 27, 2016, the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives held a hearing on “Effective Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws.”  The Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), R. Gil Kerlikowske, appeared before the Subcommittee to give testimony regarding the agency’s efforts to improve enforcement of U.S. trade laws […]

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Coast Guard Bill Passes- Important Progress Made for US Shrimp Fleet

With the passage by the House of Representatives of a Senate amendment this week, Congress has now competed its action on the 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill HR 4188. The bill will now be sent to the President to be signed into law (enacted). Link to Bill Text: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114hr4188eas/pdf/BILLS-114hr4188eas.pdf This bill is the product of extensive and intensive negotiations within […]

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SSA ENDORSES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEAFOOD FRAUD AND IMPROVE SAFETY

In a March 7, 2013, letter to Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), SSA indicated its strong support for legislation that would substantially strengthen the capabilities of Federal and State governments to combat fraudulent labeling and the illegal use of banned antibiotics and pesticides in seafood imports.   http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Southern-Shrimp-Allianc1.pdf   Schemes to evade US seafood safety standards, labeling requirements and anti-dumping duties for […]

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Shrimp Industry Congratulates Texas Sea Grant Team Winners of 2012 Superior Service Award

On January 8th, nine Texas Sea Grant College Program outreach professionals were presented with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s 2012 Superior Service Award in the team category.  The team was given the Superior Service Award in honor of their work with the shrimp fishing industry to implement the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) […]

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GAO Report Confirms Improvements in the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program

In December of 2006, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report following a review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) administration of the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers (TAAF) program. The GAO’s 2006 report found significant flaws in the TAAF program existing at the time, concluding that “the criteria for [TAAF] program eligibility were difficult for many […]

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1 Comment on GAO Report Confirms Improvements in the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program