In May, FDA Dramatically Reduces Oversight of Imported Seafood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data today reporting that there were 27 total seafood entry line refusals in May, none of which were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The small number of total seafood entry lines refused last month (27) is unprecedented and a stunning aberration from the agency’s historical activities. Over the previous […]

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FDA Once Again Finding Antibiotics in Indian Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data this morning reporting that there were 56 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 3 were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (5.4%). The FDA has now reported a total of fourteen refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics through the first four […]

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State Department Suspends the Section 609 Shrimp Certifications for China and Venezuela

In a Federal Register notice published today, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was suspending the certifications made, pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, of the commercial shrimp fishery in China and Venezuela.  With regard to China, the State Department explained that the suspension of the People’s Republic of China resulted “due to the use of methods of harvesting […]

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FDA Renews Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now issued its first report of entry line refusals for 2020. There were 96 total seafood entry line refusals in January, of which two were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (2.1%). The FDA had reported no refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in November […]

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For the Second Straight Month, FDA Reports No Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there were 129 total seafood entry line refusals in December, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With no such refusals reported for November, the FDA has now gone two months without detecting antibiotics in shrimp imports. For the year, the FDA has refused a […]

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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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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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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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