FDA Reports Refusals of Shrimp Imports Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics from a Wide Variety of Countries

For the month of October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 4 out of the 96 (4.2%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA additionally updated its reporting for the month of September to now include an additional refusal of a shrimp entry line for reasons related to […]

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FDA Rejections of Antibiotic Contaminated Indian Shrimp Continue in September

For the month of September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 4 out of the 66 (6.1%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA additionally updated its reporting for the month of August to now include an additional refusal of a shrimp entry line for reasons related to […]

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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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August Sets New Record for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Entry Lines Based on Antibiotic Contamination

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released to the public information regarding entry line refusals for the month of August.  The agency reported refusing a total of 207 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 72 (35%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The refusals of 72 separate entry lines of shrimp […]

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FDA Crackdown on Contaminated Shrimp Continues – Historic Levels of Entry Line Refusals Surpasses All Previous Agency Experience

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding import entry line refusals for the month of March 2015. Over one in three of the 155 seafood import entry lines refused last month were for entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues. In total, the FDA reported that 58 entry lines of shrimp were refused […]

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FDA Is Cracking Down on Contaminated Shrimp Imports (Update)

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) released data for February 2015 indicating that of the 114 entry lines of seafood refused last month, 24 were of imported shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues.  Nineteen of the entry lines refused for banned antibiotics were of shrimp shipped from Malaysia, four for shrimp shipped from India, and one […]

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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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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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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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