Southern Shrimp Alliance Highlights Concerns Regarding the Role of Antibiotic Use in Shrimp Aquaculture in the Development and Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

The Fifth Session of the Ad Hoc Codex Intergovernmental Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance (TFAMR) of the Codex Alimentarius Commission will take place in Jeju, Korea from November 27, 2017 until December 1, 2017.  At this session, international delegates will discuss two documents that Codex will consider adopting to address concerns regarding the development and spread of antimicrobial resistant pathogens […]

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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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Federal Court Rejects National Fisheries Institute’s Challenge to Seafood Import Monitoring Program

“In the end, the Rule weathers the storm of Plaintiffs’ various challenges.”    This (ill-timed) metaphor concludes the decision issued on Monday by the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia rejecting the National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) efforts to invalidate the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP).   In reality, as discussed extensively in the Court’s 67-page opinion, there wasn’t […]

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Solid Senate Support for Combatting Illegal Shrimp Imports

A bipartisan group of eleven powerful U.S. Senators has gone to bat in a big way for the domestic shrimp industry and U.S. shrimp consumers and against illegal shrimp imports by expressing their support for the full implementation of the new U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. Their support was expressed in an April 27, 2017, letter to Department of Commerce […]

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ITC Votes to Maintain Antidumping Duties on Shrimp from China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam; Trade Relief on Brazilian Shrimp Will End

Today, the Commissioners of the U.S. International Trade Commission voted unanimously (5 to 0) to maintain antidumping duties on unfairly-traded shrimp imports from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam for another five years.  The Commissioners also voted unanimously (5 to 0) to revoke the antidumping duty order on shrimp from Brazil. Because of the Commission’s vote today, trade relief will continue […]

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Broad Support for Shrimp Antidumping Duties Voiced by Federal and State Elected Officials

The U.S. International Trade Commission is currently considering whether to maintain antidumping duties on unfairly-traded shrimp imports from Brazil, China, India, Thailand and Vietnam for another five years.  If the Commission determines that dumped imports are likely to cause or continue material injury to the U.S. shrimp industry in the event of the removal of duties, the trade remedy will […]

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BloombergBusinessweek Investigative Report Documents How Contaminated Shrimp from China Is Intentionally Entered Into the U.S. Market through Fraud

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek published an investigative report detailing how Chinese shrimp contaminated by antibiotics was routed through Malaysia, falsely claimed to be a product of Malaysia, and imported into the United States through those false representations. The story, reported by Jason Gale, Lydia Mulvany, and Monte Reel, documents the abuse of antibiotics in raising both terrestrial and aquatic livestock in […]

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North Carolina Sunset Review Meetings in 2016

The Southern Shrimp Alliance is holding Sunset Review meetings in North Carolina on December 21 and 22. Please see information below. Executive Director John Williams from SSA and Nathan Rickard from the law firm of Picard, Kentz and Rowe. (Attorneys for SSA) A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.   SCHEDULE:    1. Time: 5:00pm      Location: Madison […]

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Georgia Sunset Review Meeting in 2016

The Southern Shrimp Alliance is holding a meeting in Midway, Georgia. Executive Director John Williams will present for SSA and Nathan Rickard from the law firm of Picard, Kentz and Rowe. (Attorneys for SSA) A Question & Answer period will follow the presentation.   SCHEDULE:     1)  Midway, GA 6:00 PM, Friday, December 16, 2016 Coastal Electric Co-op Auditorium […]

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