Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports FTC’s Made in the USA Regulations, Asks Agency to Address Misleading Menu Labeling

In comments filed today with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”), the Southern Shrimp Alliance expressed support for the agency’s proposed “Made in the U.S.A.” regulations. The proposed regulations further formalize the FTC’s existing rules regarding when direct or implied “Made in the U.S.A.” claims may be presented to consumers. The Southern Shrimp Alliance comments explained that the country-of-origin labeling rules administered […]

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Action Needed: FTC Proposed Rule Defines “Made in the USA”

On July 16, 2020, the Federal Register published a notice of proposed rulemaking from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to “Made in USA” and other unqualified claims of U.S. origin on product labels.  The proposed rule would prohibit entities for marketing goods as having been “Made in the U.S.A.” unless (1) final assembly or processing of the product occurs […]

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Revoke Erroneous Country-of-Origin Ruling for Cooked Shrimp

In response to a request for comments issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Southern Shrimp Alliance formally submitted extensive written comments in support of the agency’s proposal to modify and revoke a ruling letter issued in January 2017 regarding the country-of-origin of certain cooked shrimp imported into the United States. On January 3, 2017, CBP issued a […]

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National Ocean Council Committee Designates Shrimp as an “At-Risk” Species

On Friday, the Federal Register published Notice of the National Ocean Council (NOC) Committee’s finalized principles for determining seafood species at risk of Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a list of “at-risk” species developed using these principles. Both the list of principles and the list of species are intended to inform the development […]

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North Carolina Company Sentenced for Mislabeling Imported, Farm-Raised Shrimp as Wild-Caught Domestic Shrimp

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Justice (Justice Department) announced that Alphin Brothers Inc., a North Carolina-based seafood processor and wholesale distributor, was sentenced in federal court for falsely labeling imported shrimp. As part of a plea agreement reach on February 10, 2015, the company pleaded guilty to one felony count of making or submitting false records in violation of the […]

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IUU Seafood Fraud Task Force

SSA Submits Recommendations to President’s Task Force on Seafood Fraud and Illegal Fishing On June 17, 2014, the White House released a Presidential Memorandum entitled ”Establishing a Comprehensive Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.” Among other actions, the Memorandum established a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task […]

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Seafood Broker Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison for Antidumping Duty Evasion Scheme

Yesterday, Mr. Jun Yang, who operated and controlled National Commodities Company, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for illegally brokering sales of hundreds of container loads of Chinese honey, falsely labeled as Indian or Malaysian honey, to avoid the payment of antidumping duties.  Mr. Yang was one of several defendants charged in a broad criminal investigation of evasion […]

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SSA ENDORSES NEW LEGISLATION TO COMBAT SEAFOOD FRAUD AND IMPROVE SAFETY

In a March 7, 2013, letter to Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA), SSA indicated its strong support for legislation that would substantially strengthen the capabilities of Federal and State governments to combat fraudulent labeling and the illegal use of banned antibiotics and pesticides in seafood imports.   https://www.shrimpalliance.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Southern-Shrimp-Allianc1.pdf   Schemes to evade US seafood safety standards, labeling requirements and anti-dumping duties for […]

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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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Why Does Congress Listen to SSA

Two weeks ago, I was honored to testify to Congress on behalf of the shrimp industry on trade fraud with shrimp imports.  I was even more honored to speak in support of strong legislation proposed by Congressmen Boustany and Richmond to address import fraud.  Later that evening, ABC News ran a national segment on the continued detection of harmful antibiotics […]

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