GAO Report Questions FDA’s Import Alert Removal Process and Criticizes the Lack of Federal Agency Cooperation to Address Evasion

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) publicly released a report of its audit of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) management of import alerts covering seafood – Imported Seafood Safety: Actions Needed to Improve FDA Oversight of Import Alert Removal Decisions (GAO-20-62, Nov. 2019). The GAO’s new report raises two major concerns regarding the FDA’s oversight of seafood […]

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Watch SSA’s hearing testimony

Nathan Rickard testified against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on behalf of the Southern Shrimp Alliance at a hearing before the Water, Oceans, and Wildlife subcommittee of House Natural Resources Committee on November 14. His testimony starts at 1:00:23 at the video found at https://naturalresources.house.gov/hearings/wow-oversight-hearing_november-14-2019. Read SSA’s written testimony here: Testimony before Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife Oversight […]

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FDA Reports No Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in November

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there were just 59 total seafood entry line refusals in November, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. No seafood entry line refusals of any kind were reported after November 22nd, indicating that the FDA’s reporting likely only covers the first three weeks of the month. […]

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Broad Refusals of Imported Shrimp with Salmonella Continue in October, with FDA Also Refusing Shrimp with Antibiotics from India and Venezuela

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 2 out of the 131 (1.5%) total seafood entry line refusals in October were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now refused a total of 60 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues in 2019. The two shrimp entry lines refused in […]

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FDA Ramps Up Refusals of Shrimp with Salmonella in September, Refusals for Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Already Exceeds Annual Totals of Last Two Years

For September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 6 out of the 75 (8.0%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With three months left to go in 2019, the FDA has now refused a total of 58 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, exceeding […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Lauds U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Issuance of Five New Withhold Release Orders

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on a variety of goods imported into the United States that are produced through forced or prison labor. The WRO was issued pursuant to CBP’s authority under 19 U.S.C. 1307, banning the importation of goods produced through forced or child labor. CBP issued WROs covering: (1)  garments […]

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SOUTHERN SHRIMP ALLIANCE SUBMITS COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF INCREASE IN TARIFFS ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS

On Friday, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed comments with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) expressing support for President Trump’s proposal to increase tariffs on certain Chinese imports, including Chinese shrimp imports, from 25 to 30 percent. The Administration has proposed a modification of Section 301 (19 U.S.C. § 2411) tariffs in response to actions taken by the Chinese government to […]

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FDA Refuses Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from India and China in August

For August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that 2 out of the 72 (2.8%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first two-thirds of the year, the FDA has now refused a total of 52 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues, compared to […]

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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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