2020 Concludes with FDA’s Stepped Up Enforcement Against Contaminated Shrimp Imports

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 91 total seafood entry line refusals in December, of which seven (7.7%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional fifteen seafood entry line refusals in November, increasing the total for that month from […]

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For the Sixth Straight Month, FDA Sets Record Low for Refusals of Imported Seafood

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 23 total seafood entry line refusals in October (through at least October 23rd) of which three (13%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional eleven seafood entry line refusals in September increasing the […]

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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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Indian Shrimp Shipment Again Rejected for Presence of Banned Antibiotics in February

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday that there were 97 total seafood entry line refusals in February, of which two were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (2.1%).  The FDA has now reported a total of four refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in 2020, well below the monthly average […]

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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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THE USTR ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SEAFOOD IMPORTS

Last night, at the direction of President Trump, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that a 10 percent additional tariff would be imposed on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, effective on Monday, September 24th. The USTR additionally announced that these tariffs would increase to 25 percent on January 1, 2019.   The additional […]

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