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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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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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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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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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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For the Second Straight Month, FDA Reports No Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there were 129 total seafood entry line refusals in December, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With no such refusals reported for November, the FDA has now gone two months without detecting antibiotics in shrimp imports. For the year, the FDA has refused a […]

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GAO Report Questions FDA’s Import Alert Removal Process and Criticizes the Lack of Federal Agency Cooperation to Address Evasion

Last week, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) publicly released a report of its audit of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (“FDA”) management of import alerts covering seafood – Imported Seafood Safety: Actions Needed to Improve FDA Oversight of Import Alert Removal Decisions (GAO-20-62, Nov. 2019). The GAO’s new report raises two major concerns regarding the FDA’s oversight of seafood […]

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FDA Reports No Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in November

Yesterday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there were just 59 total seafood entry line refusals in November, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. No seafood entry line refusals of any kind were reported after November 22nd, indicating that the FDA’s reporting likely only covers the first three weeks of the month. […]

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Broad Refusals of Imported Shrimp with Salmonella Continue in October, with FDA Also Refusing Shrimp with Antibiotics from India and Venezuela

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 2 out of the 131 (1.5%) total seafood entry line refusals in October were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now refused a total of 60 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues in 2019. The two shrimp entry lines refused in […]

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