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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$409k in CDSOA Funds for Shrimp Industry in FY2020

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published information regarding the annual distribution under the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (CDSOA) for fiscal year (FY) 2020. In total, CBP reports that $409,298.83 in antidumping duties collected on shrimp imports was made available for distribution this year. This represents a substantial increase from the $135,836.19 in antidumping duties collected on shrimp […]

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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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In November, FDA Reports Broad, Multiport Enforcement Action to Stop Importation of Contaminated Indian Shrimp

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 88 total seafood entry line refusals in November (through at least November 20th) of which one (1.1%) was of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional twenty seafood entry line refusals in October increasing the […]

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

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 24 total seafood entry line refusals in September (through at least September 24th) of which three (12.5%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA has also now reported an additional six seafood entry line refusals in August increasing the total from […]

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Department of Labor Includes Seafood Harvested from Distant-Water Fishing Fleets in List of Goods Produced by Forced Labor

Pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”), each year, the Bureau of International Labor Affairs of the U.S. Department of Labor (“ILAB”) researches and identifies goods produced through forced and/or child labor. The biennial lists published by ILAB provide notice to U.S. importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers as to where risks of slave and child labor exist in particular […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Advises Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force that It Must Address Imports

In written comments submitted on Tuesday to the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force, the Southern Shrimp Alliance emphasized the need for any comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to address seafood imports into the United States. NOAA Fisheries reports that the United States ran a $16.8 billion trade deficit in edible seafood in 2018.  This trade deficit in seafood has grown […]

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