Know Your Supplier: Is Your Peeled and Deveined Shrimp from Malaysia?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) recently released information regarding refusals of imported seafood in July 2014.  In total, 125 entry lines of seafood products were refused last month.  For the second month in a row, a significant portion of the total entry lines refused was for shipments of shrimp contaminated with banned veterinary drugs.  In June, 25 of […]

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Seafood Broker Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Antidumping Duty Evasion Scheme

Yesterday, Mr. Jun Yang, who operated and controlled National Commodities Company, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for illegally brokering sales of hundreds of container loads of Chinese honey, falsely labeled as Indian or Malaysian honey, to avoid the payment of antidumping duties.  Mr. Yang was one of several defendants charged in a broad criminal investigation of evasion […]

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Plea Agreement in Honey Duty Evasion Scheme Underscores Threat Posed by Commercial Fraud to Integrity of Imported Food Supply

Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois filed a plea agreement in federal court with Mr. Jun Yang, who operated and controlled National Commodities Company, “a Houston, Texas-based commodities trading company that brokered the sale of a variety of aquacultural and agricultural products to United States customers . . . .”  Mr. Yang was one of several defendants […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Applauds the Federal Government’s Aggressive Criminal Investigation of Antidumping Duty Circumvention

Yesterday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced sweeping criminal charges filed in federal court against two companies and five individuals that facilitated the importation and sale of illegal honey imports evading $180 million in antidumping duties.   Charges were filed against Groeb Farms, […]

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GAO Study Links Duty Circumvention with Evasion of Food Safety Laws

Tarpon Springs, FL – A report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) includes a formal acknowledgement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other enforcement agencies that companies willing to illegally mislabel shrimp products to avoid paying antidumping duties are also evading U.S. food safety efforts. The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), which repeatedly has voiced […]

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