Even With More Rejections in November, 2018 Likely to Have Lowest Number of Refusals of Shrimp Imports for Banned Antibiotics in Over a Decade

For the month of November, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 4 out of the 61 (6.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. So far this year, there has been a total of 47 shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Absent a significant change in trends […]

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FDA Import Refusals in April Demonstrate Concerns Regarding Antibiotics in Chinese Seafood and Salmonella in Indian Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) reporting for import refusals in April indicates that 3 out of the 116 (2.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.   With the adjustments made by the FDA to its January reporting, this brings the total entry line refusals of shrimp for reasons related to […]

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First Case of EMS Confirmed in the United States

In April 2013, the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expressing three concerns:  (1) Are there any known human health implications for the consumption of shrimp contaminated with the microbe that causes early mortality syndrome (EMS)?; (2) What is known […]

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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’s Refusals of Indian Shrimp for Banned Antibiotics at Record Levels

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released details regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of April. In total, the agency reported refusing 171 seafood entry lines last month. Of these, 20 (11.7%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first third of this year, the FDA […]

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Early Mortality Syndrome

Today the Southern Shrimp Alliance sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg to raise alarm over the potential effects and spread of a disease currently devastating shrimp farms in southeast Asia. http://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Early-Mortality-Syndrome.pdf Little is known about this disease, described as “Early Mortality Syndrome”, which causes 100 percent mortality in affected shrimp ponds.  Only […]

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NOAA Law Enforcement Taking Strong Action Against Shrimp Mislabeling

Mislabeling of imports as domestic, wild-caught shrimp poses a substantial threat to the livelihood of those in the domestic shrimp industry.  Mislabeling defrauds consumers from receiving a premium product, while at the same time depresses prices paid to shrimpers for their catch by artificially and falsely increasing the supply of U.S. wild-caught shrimp. The Southern Shrimp Alliance welcomes and applauds […]

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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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SSA Responses to Opposition Statements

Contention – “Imported shrimp is essential to the financial well-being of thousands of American businesses and individuals employed by those businesses.” Coverage Limited – The antidumping investigations do not cover all imported shrimp; the investigations affect only dumped imports from six of the largest sources of imported shrimp. Imports Not Prevented – The investigations, if successful, will not prevent the […]

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Joint Statement Made by the Southern Shrimp Alliance and CANAINPESCA

U.S. and Mexican Shrimp Industries Agree to Oppose Unfair Trade of Shrimp Washington, DC—The leaders of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (“SSA”) and National Chamber of Fishing and Aquaculture Industries (“CANAINPESCA”) of Mexico met on December 15th and 16th to discuss mutual concerns about the increasing volumes of unfairly traded shrimp imports and issued today the following joint statement: “The flood […]

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