In March, FDA Refuses Vietnamese Shrimp for Antibiotics and Pesticides; Indian Shrimp for Salmonella

For the month of March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 5 out of the 171 (2.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA reported refusing an entry line of shrimp from Vietnam because of the presence of pesticides, as well as six entry lines of shrimp […]

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Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

SSA continues its battle on two fronts against illegal practices in the production and trade of imported farm-raised shrimp through an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and comments to USTR regarding Malaysia’s participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Providing Enforcement Solutions

EXPLORE FURTHER: Food Safety Legislation Economically-Motivated Adulteration Shrimp Fraud Investigations Foreign producers of pond-raised shrimp have powerful economic incentives to use banned substances, such as antibiotics and pesticides, to increase production yields in crowded shrimp ponds and to reduce the risk of total crop failure.  Use of these banned substances and various subsidies encourage overproduction and below fair market pricing. […]

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Economically-Motivated Adulteration

In 2009, the FDA looked at the growing problem of economically-motivated adulteration of foods.  The FDA is defining economically-motivated adulteration as “the fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production, i.e., for economic gain.”  This includes the use of […]

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Food Safety Legislation

Making substantial improvements to the food safety requirements for imported food has been a high priority for the SSA for many years as a means to prevent the importation of farm-raised shrimp contaminated with illegal and dangerous antibiotics and pesticides, and the negative impacts of those illegal imports on the domestic shrimp producing industry. September 10, 2010 letter to Senators Consistent […]

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Food Safety

To address consumer concerns about the safety of food, the Food and Drug Administration plans to focus on the growing problem of economically-motivated adulteration (EMA) of foods.  FDA is defining EMA as “the fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of […]

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Testimony to Congress Denounces FDA Reliance on Self-Policing Instead of Testing

Tarpon Springs, FL—John Williams, a member of the U.S. shrimp industry for 37 years and executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), testified today before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Commerce and Energy Committee that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies too heavily on U.S. importers to protect the U.S. food supply.  Williams […]

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U.S. Shrimpers: Customs and Border Protection Can Help FDA Improve Food Safety

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) testified yesterday before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Trade that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lags behind the European Union (EU), Japan, and Canada, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in food safety enforcement. In an effort to raise U.S. seafood safety to international […]

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