United Nations Environment Programme Report Highlights Threat Posed by Abuse of Antibiotics in Aquaculture

Earlier this month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report, Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern, finding “antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution among biggest emerging health threats.” The UNEP’s report, launched during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, explained: According to the World Health Organization, we may be entering a post-antibiotic era when simple, and previously treatable, […]

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Chinese Shrimp Continue to Show Antibiotic Contamination

Over the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) released information regarding entry line refusals for February.  In total, 10 of the 122 (8.2%) of the entry line refusals reported for last month were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.   The ten shrimp entry lines refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in February were from […]

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2016 Was a Record Year for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

News Alert:  2016 Was a Record Year for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) today released information regarding entry line refusals for the last week of November and the month of December.  In total, 7 of the 270 (2.6%) entry line refusals in the months of November and December were of […]

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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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FDA Refusals in August Show Enhanced Coordination Among Ports to Stop Unsafe Shrimp from Entering U.S. Market

Over the holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of August.  In total, the agency reported refusing 148 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 31 (20.9%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The 31 refusals in the month […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Statement on Antibiotics in Imported Shrimp

The Southern Shrimp Alliance opposes the use of banned antibiotics in shrimp aquaculture.  Beyond undermining consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of shrimp in the U.S. market, the use of banned antibiotics unethically reduces production costs for farmed shrimp by shifting risks from the producer to the consumer. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has made the continued presence of banned antibiotics in […]

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FDA Reports Refusing Sixteen Entry Lines of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from a Single Indian Exporter in July

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now released information regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of July.  In total, the agency reported refusing 197 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 18 (9.1%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  For the year, the FDA reports refusing 79 […]

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FDA Refuses Shrimp for Antibiotics from Four Different Countries in June

kayOn Monday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released details regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of June. In total, the agency reported refusing 124 seafood entry lines last month. Of these, 7 (5.6%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first half of 2016, refusals for […]

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FDA Issues Import Alert on Peninsular Malaysian Shrimp

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Import Alert 16-136, “Detention without Physical Examination of Aquacultured Shrimp and Prawns from Peninsular Malaysia Due to Presence of Drug Residues from Unapproved Animal Drugs or the Presence of Unsafe Food Additives.” Import Alert 16-136 follows a massive increase in the number of shrimp entry lines refused by the FDA for […]

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Banned Antibiotics in Indian Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information for entry line refusals for the month of February.  The agency reported refusing a total of 131 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 6 (4.6%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. For the year, the FDA has only reported refusing eight entry lines […]

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