FDA Adds Another Indian Shrimp Exporter to Banned Antibiotic Import Alert

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data regarding 72 total seafood entry line refusals in July, of which three (4.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  In addition to these three entry lines, another entry line of shrimp was refused for the presence of pesticides, while ten more entry lines of shrimp were refused for the presence of salmonella, nine of which were also found to be filthy.

Through July of this year, the FDA has refused a total of 48 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics and remains on track to refuse the largest number of entry lines of shrimp for veterinary drug residues since 2016.

The three shrimp entry lines refused for antibiotic residues in July were for shipments from one Indian company:

  • M/s. Munnangi Sea Foods (India), a company that is currently listed on Import Alert 16-129 (“Detention Without Physical Examination of Seafood Products Due to Nitrofurans”) as of June 14, 2022, had three entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans by the Division of Southeast Imports on July 11, 2022.

In addition to these three shipments, the Division of West Coast Imports of the FDA again also refused a shipment of shrimp from the Vietnamese exporter Tra Kha Seafood Processing Factory (F69) due to the presence of a pesticide, just as it had done in June.

Additionally, another ten (10) entry lines of shrimp from Bangladesh, Ecuador, India, and Thailand were refused for the presence of salmonella, including:

  • Four entry lines of shrimp from Premium Fish & Agro Industries Ltd. in Bangladesh was refused on July 18, 2022 by the Division of Northeast Imports for being filthy and for the presence of salmonella;
  • One entry line of shrimp manufactured by Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila S.A. (Factory 2) in Ecuador was refused on July 13, 2022 by the Division of Southwest Imports for the presence of salmonella;
  • Three entry lines of shrimp from Rizwan Ice & Cold Storage in India was refused on July 27, 2022 by the Division of Northeast Imports for being filthy and for the presence of salmonella;
  • One entry line of shrimp manufactured by Accelerated Freeze Drying Co. Ltd. in India was refused on July 12, 2022 by the Division of Southeast Imports for being filthy and for the presence of salmonella; and
  • One entry line of shrimp from CK Frozen Fish & Food Co., Ltd. in Thailand was refused on July 13, 2022 by the Division of Northeast Imports for being filthy and for the presence of salmonella.

 

 

 

 

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