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

Over the holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 36 total seafood entry line refusals in June, of which one (2.8%) was of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The small number of total seafood entry lines refused in June (36) continues, for the second straight month, an unprecedented low in […]

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In May, FDA Dramatically Reduces Oversight of Imported Seafood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data today reporting that there were 27 total seafood entry line refusals in May, none of which were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The small number of total seafood entry lines refused last month (27) is unprecedented and a stunning aberration from the agency’s historical activities. Over the previous […]

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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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In March, FDA Refuses Vietnamese Shrimp for Antibiotics and Pesticides; Indian Shrimp for Salmonella

For the month of March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 5 out of the 171 (2.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA reported refusing an entry line of shrimp from Vietnam because of the presence of pesticides, as well as six entry lines of shrimp […]

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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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FDA Cracks Down on Indian Shrimp to Begin 2019

In 2017 and 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused a total of twenty-seven (27) entry lines of Indian shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. For these two years, Indian shrimp accounted for one out of every five entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics (27 out of 108). Yet, shrimp sourced from India accounts for more […]

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FDA Reports Refusals of Shrimp Imports Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics from a Wide Variety of Countries

For the month of October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 4 out of the 96 (4.2%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA additionally updated its reporting for the month of September to now include an additional refusal of a shrimp entry line for reasons related to […]

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