Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments on FDA’s Proposed Traceability Requirements

Today, the Southern Shrimp Alliance filed comments with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to the agency’s new proposed regulations regarding traceability obligations for all shrimp and other select food products, imported and domestic, sold in the U.S. market. These comments requested that the FDA (1) amend the regulations to provide a specific exemption for sales of food […]

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Task Force Report on Human Trafficking in Seafood Supply Chains Emphasizes Need to Leverage Access to the U.S. Market to Reduce Forced Labor

Last month, the Task Force on Human Trafficking in Fishing in International Waters released its report addressing labor that may have been subject to human trafficking to harvest fish in international waters. The Task Force’s report was mandated by a Senate Report accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (P.L. 115-141) that directed the U.S. Department of Justice to lead a […]

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COMMERCE ISSUES FINAL RESULTS IN CHINA SHRIMP 14th ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW; HOLDS THAT SHANTOU REDGARDEN IS SUBJECT TO ANTIDUMPING DUTIES

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the final results of the fourteenth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on frozen warmwater shrimp from People’s Republic of China, covering Chinese shrimp imported into the United States between February 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. As part of its final results, Commerce determined that Shantou Red Garden Food […]

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SSA’s John Williams Asks Shrimp Industry to Please Complete NOAA Covid-19 Impacts Survey

NOAA is conducting a survey to assess the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our nation’s commercial and for-hire fishing operations and seafood dealers/processors. This nationwide survey will be used to inform NOAA, the Department of Commerce, Congress, fishery managers and stakeholders about the economic and social impacts the pandemic has had on the fishing industry. Commercial fishermen and fishing-dependent […]

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President Trump Signs New Coronavirus Assistance Bill

Today, the President signed into law the “Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act”. Among other things, this legislation provides an additional $310 billion for the Small Business Administration (SBA) to issue loans and loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). It is unclear when the SBA will resume accepting or processing PPP loan applications. While hopes are that […]

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The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

The programs and initiatives in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act that was just passed by Congress are intended to assist business owners with whatever needs they have right now. When implemented, there will be many new resources available for small businesses, as well as certain non-profits and other employers. This guide provides information about the major […]

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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 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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Recently Published Academic Studies Highlight the Importance of Monitoring Antimicrobial-Resistant Pathogens in Imported Shrimp

When President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2019 into law last month, the bill provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with “$500,000 to test Antibiotic Resistance in Imported Seafood.” By specifically funding a testing program, Congress emphasized the importance of detecting and monitoring antimicrobial pathogens on imported seafood, including shrimp.  Congress’s creation of a new testing program coincides […]

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Government Spending Bill Includes New Funds for FDA Seafood Inspections

Last night Congress passed a funding bill that provides the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with significant additional resources to address contaminated seafood products that are introduced to the U.S. market. The new FDA funding, championed by Senator Kennedy (LA) and co-sponsored by Senator Cassidy (LA), increases by twenty-six percent the resources the FDA must spend to inspect imported seafood at the […]

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