In April, Louisiana Shrimp Landings Reported to Be Lowest in Last 18 Years

This morning, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for April 2019. With the disclaimer that reporting issues may have delayed or otherwise limited commercial shrimp landings data in Louisiana, NOAA indicates that 254,000 pounds of shrimp were landed in that state […]

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ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms can cause deadly forms of […]

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FDA Only Reports One Shrimp Refusal for Antibiotics in April

In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that just 1 out of the 88 (1.1%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The table below summarizes shrimp entry line refusals for reasons related to veterinary drug residues from 2002 through April 2019.   The sole shrimp entry line refused in […]

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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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Recently Published Academic Studies Highlight the Importance of Monitoring Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in Imported Shrimp

When President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019 into law last month, the bill provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with “$500,000 to test Antibiotic Resistance in Imported Seafood.” By specifically funding a testing program, Congress emphasized the importance of detecting and monitoring antimicrobial pathogens on imported seafood, including shrimp.  Congress’s creation of a new testing program coincides […]

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No FDA Shrimp Refusals for Antibiotics in February

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today released information regarding the seventy-four (74) entry lines of seafood refused in February.  After reporting the refusal of twenty-six (26) entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics in January, FDA reported no such refusals last month. In fact, just four (4) entry lines of shrimp were refused for any […]

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Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Issues Withhold Release Order Barring Imports from Fishing Vessel

In the context of the $6.5 billion worth of shrimp imported into the United States from all over the world in 2017, the $4.6 million in shrimp we imported from Myanmar (Burma) that year was just a small drop in a huge ocean. But $4.6 million worth of shrimp is still a lot of shrimp. And it was a substantial jump up […]

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For the Second Month in a Row, Record Low Shrimp Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

After a significant delay in data release caused by the lack of authorized funding for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Fishery Monitoring Branch of NOAA Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center today released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for November 2018. After setting an historic low with just 10.4 […]

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