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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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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In March, FDA Takes Action to Address Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from Mexico

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data over the weekend reporting that there were 106 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 7 were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (6.6%). The FDA has now reported a total of eleven refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in 2020. The […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Opposes Proposals to Grant Importers Deferrals of Duty Payment Obligations

The Southern Shrimp Alliance notified U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the U.S. shrimp industry’s objection to requests from importers for the deferral of payment of estimated antidumping and countervailing duties for a significant time period. Last week, CBP issued a notice to importers informing them that “due to the severity of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), [CBP] will approve on […]

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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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SOUTHERN SHRIMP ALLIANCE ASKS STATE DEPARTMENT TO RESCIND CHINA’S SECTION 609 CERTIFICATION

Over thirty years ago, Congress enacted Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, banning the importation of shrimp harvested through fishing methods that endanger sea turtles. In order to avoid the prohibition, the government of a country wishing to export shrimp to the United States must demonstrate that either it has a regulatory system in place similar to that of our country’s […]

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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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