Shrimpers Welcome Amendment to Improve Imported Seafood Safety

SSA continues its battle on two fronts against illegal practices in the production and trade of imported farm-raised shrimp through an amendment to the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and comments to USTR regarding Malaysia’s participation in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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SSA Sends Letter Encouraging Imported Food Safety

On September 2nd, SSA sent a letter to members of the Senate, which read in part: “The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) remains extremely frustrated with the lack of progress in preventing the continued importation of farm-raised shrimp and shrimp products contaminated with antibiotics and pesticides banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are deemed harmful to human […]

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Providing Enforcement Solutions

EXPLORE FURTHER: Food Safety Legislation Economically-Motivated Adulteration Shrimp Fraud Investigations Foreign producers of pond-raised shrimp have powerful economic incentives to use banned substances, such as antibiotics and pesticides, to increase production yields in crowded shrimp ponds and to reduce the risk of total crop failure.  Use of these banned substances and various subsidies encourage overproduction and below fair market pricing. […]

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Enhancing Food Safety

ENHANCING FOOD SAFETY: CONTENTSProviding Enforcement Solutions Developing Standards and Testing The Southern Shrimp Alliance shapes the debate on food safety and related legislation through research, written analyses, briefings, and Congressional hearing testimony.  The SSA has demonstrated that the relatively lax U.S. imported food safety regime and the widespread use of banned substances to increase the production of foreign pond-raised shrimp […]

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Economically-Motivated Adulteration

In 2009, the FDA looked at the growing problem of economically-motivated adulteration of foods.  The FDA is defining economically-motivated adulteration as “the fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of its production, i.e., for economic gain.”  This includes the use of […]

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Food Safety Legislation

Making substantial improvements to the food safety requirements for imported food has been a high priority for the SSA for many years as a means to prevent the importation of farm-raised shrimp contaminated with illegal and dangerous antibiotics and pesticides, and the negative impacts of those illegal imports on the domestic shrimp producing industry. September 10, 2010 letter to Senators Consistent […]

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Food Safety

To address consumer concerns about the safety of food, the Food and Drug Administration plans to focus on the growing problem of economically-motivated adulteration (EMA) of foods.  FDA is defining EMA as “the fraudulent, intentional substitution or addition of a substance in a product for the purpose of increasing the apparent value of the product or reducing the cost of […]

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GAO Study Links Duty Circumvention with Evasion of Food Safety Laws

Tarpon Springs, FL – A report released this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) includes a formal acknowledgement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other enforcement agencies that companies willing to illegally mislabel shrimp products to avoid paying antidumping duties are also evading U.S. food safety efforts. The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), which repeatedly has voiced […]

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U.S. Shrimpers: Customs and Border Protection Can Help FDA Improve Food Safety

Tarpon Springs, FL—The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) testified yesterday before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Trade that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) lags behind the European Union (EU), Japan, and Canada, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in food safety enforcement. In an effort to raise U.S. seafood safety to international […]

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U.S. Shrimp Industry Recommends Changes to Strengthen FDA

Tarpon Springs, FL—On Monday before the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) advocated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt rigorous safety systems for imported seafood similar to those found in the European Union, Japan and Canada and the USDA’s regulation of imported meat, poultry, and egg products. Currently, the FDA relies solely […]

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