FDA Refuses Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from China and Vietnam in July

In July, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 3 out of the 85 (3.5%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first seven months of the year, the FDA has refused a total of 50 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, compared to […]

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Imported Shrimp May Use Human Trafficking

Shrimp consumed in the United States may have been produced using human trafficking according to the U.S. Department of Labor and human rights organizations. Human trafficking is a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labor and sex. Documented examples of human trafficking in the shrimp supply chain include individuals held at sea to catch […]

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FDA Reports Historic Low in Seafood Entry Line Refusals in June

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported refusing a total of just 55 seafood entry lines in June. This represents, by a significant margin, the lowest monthly total of seafood entry line refusals for any month going back to October 2001, the first month for which data are reported on the FDA’s website. Because the last seafood entry line refusal […]

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Federal Agency Officials Host Meeting in New Orleans with Domestic Shrimp Industry on Shrimp Trade Regulatory and Enforcement Issues

As reported in a tweet from the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center, officials from the Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with staff from Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) office, met with representatives of the U.S. shrimp […]

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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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SSA Submits Comments in Support of Commerce’s Proposal to Treat Currency Undervaluation as a Countervailable Subsidy

Last week, the Southern Shrimp Alliance submitted formal comments in support of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) proposed modification of the agency’s regulations that would now treat currency undervaluation by trading partners as a countervailable subsidy. On May 28th, notice was published in the Federal Register that Commerce was proposing to amend its regulations pertaining to the determination of “benefit” and […]

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World Day Against Child Labor Includes Shrimp

The U.S. government, other governments, and human rights organizations have all documented labor abuses in the shrimp supply chain in several countries. On June 12, the Southern Shrimp Alliance is promoting resources to help shrimp purchasers avoid sourcing from supply chains that use forced labor, child labor, and forced child labor as part of World Day Against Child Labor. Resources […]

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Recently Published Study Finds Indonesian Shrimp Contaminated with Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella

As part of the First International Conference of Fisheries and Marine Science held by Universitas Airlangga, the second oldest university in Indonesia, researchers at the University published the results of a study evaluating the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant salmonella in seafood and seafood products in Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia.   The paper, Detection of Antibiotic-Resistant Salmonella sp. in […]

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Banned Antibiotics on Imported Shrimp Addressed on World Food Safety Day

The United Nations has declared June 7 as the first ever World Food Safety Day. Food safety is the absence — or the limitation to safe, acceptable levels — of hazards in food that may harm the health of consumers. Food-borne hazards can be microbiological, chemical, or physical in nature. They are often invisible to the plain eye, like bacteria […]

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June 5: Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

International efforts to ensure the sustainability of fisheries are being seriously compromised by illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. These prohibited practices evade environmental, food safety, labor, and trade laws. The Southern Shrimp Alliance is participating in the “International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing,” a United Nations-sanctioned day to highlight efforts taking place globally, regionally, and nationally […]

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