This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 37 total seafood entry line refusals in July, of which three (8.1%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.
The small number of total seafood entry lines refused in July (37) continues, for the third straight month, an unprecedented low in the agency’s history of oversight of imported seafood. Over the previous eighteen years (2002-2019), the FDA has refused an average of roughly 174 seafood entry in the month of July. The 37 seafood entry line refusals reported last month represents a drop of 79 percent below this historic average. The chart below sets out the total number of seafood entry lines refused by the FDA in the month of July for each of the last nineteen years.