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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THE USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

Last night, at the direction of President Trump, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that a 10 percent additional tariff would be imposed on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, effective on Monday, September 24th. The USTR additionally announced that these tariffs would increase to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.   The additional […]

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FDA Rejects More Indian Shrimp for Antibiotic Contamination and Salmonella in August

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that, in August, 6 out of the 107 (5.6%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This was the second highest number of entry lines refused for antibiotic contamination this year.  Through August, there have been a total of 33 shrimp entry lines refused for […]

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Senate Votes 87-11 to Increase Funding for FDA Inspections of Foreign Seafood Facilities and Imported Seafood

Last night, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted in favor of an amendment to the “Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act, 2019” (H.R. 6147) offered by Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) that significantly increased funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) inspections of imported seafood and foreign seafood facilities. […]

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THE USTR PROPOSES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

   On Tuesday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it was beginning the process of imposing an additional ten percent (10%) tariff on $200 billion on imported goods from China. The USTR also issued a lengthy list of products, encompassing 6,031 tariff subheadings, proposed to be subject to these additional ten percent tariffs.            The initial action to be taken under […]

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FDA Rejects Indian Shrimp for Chloramphenicol Contamination and Salmonella in June

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released information regarding import refusals in June indicating that 5 out of the 118 (4.2%) total seafood entry line refusals last month were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.   Through the first half of this year, the FDA has now reported refusing a total of 25 entry lines of […]

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Broad Support Voiced for Adding Seafood to Any Section 301 Tariffs Imposed on Chinese Imports

Although the Trump Administration has announced that it is suspending its Section 301 (19 U.S.C. § 2411) investigation of unfair Chinese government practices, the record to file comments on proposed additional tariffs closed on Tuesday. The Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted a second letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in support of the request made by Senator […]

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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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Update: Shrimp Under SIMP Is Now The Law

The House and Senate have passed and the President has now signed into law the FY 18 Omnibus Appropriations bill. As the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) reported yesterday, this legislation includes provisions that will expand the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) to cover imported shrimp; our Nation’s largest seafood http://www.shrimpalliance.com/u-s-congress-acts-place-imported-shrimp-seafood-import-monitoring-program/ The program is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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U.S. Shrimp Trade Deficit Reaches $6.4 Billion in 2017

In October of last year, NOAA Fisheries published the Fisheries of the United States for 2016. For the first time, the federal agency’s yearbook of fishery statistics highlighted the massive seafood trade deficit that the United States runs with the rest of the world. Specifically, NOAA Fisheries reported that in 2016, the United States’ seafood trade deficit with Asian nations was $6.98 […]

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