In First Quarter of 2021, FDA Refuses Almost as Much Antibiotic-Tainted Shrimp as All of 2020

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 59 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 6 (10.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 33 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA has […]

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Over First Two Months, FDA Shows Different Approach to Contaminated Imported Shrimp in 2021

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 50 total seafood entry line refusals in February, of which 14 (28.0%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 27 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA is […]

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U.S. Department of Labor Letter to the Southern Shrimp Alliance Emphasizes Continued Focus on Slavery in Seafood Supply Chains

In a letter to the Southern Shrimp Alliance dated January 25, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) explained that in evaluating information regarding forced labor in distant water fishing fleets, “OFCT took into account the information provided” by the Southern Shrimp Alliance in a January 13, 2020 submission. Based on OCFT’s […]

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FDA’s Increased Enforcement Against Contaminated Shrimp Imports Continues in 2021

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 68 total seafood entry line refusals in January, of which 13 (19.1%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  In addition, another 18 entry lines of shrimp (26.5%) were refused for reasons related to the presence of salmonella. The 13 entry line refusals […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases for 2021 Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance today released updated databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States because of the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2020 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies […]

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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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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases Documenting Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Import Rejections in the European Union, Japan, and the United States

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance today released updated databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States because of the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2019 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies […]

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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Asks the Department of Labor to Close Loopholes in the Identification of Seafood Produced through Slave Labor

Yesterday, in response to a request for information and invitation to comment from the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor (“ILAB”), the Southern Shrimp Alliance asked the agency to close loopholes that exempt entire categories of seafood from being identified as produced through child or forced labor. Since 2009, ILAB has published a list of goods produced through […]

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