NOAA Press Release on Mislabeling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 4, 2011 NOAA Contact: Lesli Bales-Sherrod 301-495-7103 NOAA investigations into mislabeling seafood protects consumers and fishermen Defendants plead guilty in federal court to violating the Lacey Act Seafood consumers and the law-abiding fishermen who catch that seafood gained a big victory last week when a complex NOAA Office of Law Enforcement investigation into conspiracy, misbranding and […]

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Fraud and Mislabeling Update

Karen L. Blyth and David H.M. Phelps pleaded guilty in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 13 felony offenses for their roles in purchasing and selling farm raised Asian catfish and Lake Victoria perch falsely labeled as grouper; selling foreign farm-raised shrimp falsely labeled as U.S. wild caught shrimp, selling shrimp that falsely claimed to be larger, more expensive shrimp than they actually were; and for buying fish they knew had been illegally imported into the United States.

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Guilty Plea in Shrimp Mislabeling Case Highlights Fraud in Shrimp Market

On January 12, 2011, the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida issued a press release announcing that a Florida company had pled guilty to criminal charges related to the mislabeling of salmon and shrimp for resale in the U.S. market. According to court filings accompanying the guilty plea, Shifco, Inc. worked with an unnamed […]

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Customs Suit

After working with limited success to address concerns regarding the FY 2006 and FY 2007 distributions of antidumping duties under the CDSOA program, the SSA filed suit at the U.S. Court of International Trade in November 2008. The SSA’s case challenged numerous aspects of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) administration of the CDSOA program. The SSA’s lawsuit also sought […]

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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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Achieving Equitable Benefits of Trade Relief

EXPLORE FURTHER: Customs Suit Thai Settlement The most pressing question confronted by the SSA with respect to trade issues is: How does this benefit the domestic industry? If trade discipline leads to stable prices at the wholesale level and stable import growth but does not prevent the further serious deterioration of economic conditions for shrimp fishermen, then something has gone […]

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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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Southern Shrimp Alliance Sues U.S. Customs and Border Protection; CDSOA Distributions Temporarily Delayed

After unsuccessfully seeking to substantially reform U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (“Customs”) administration of the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA”) for over two years, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (“SSA”) filed suit against the agency on November 5, 2008 at the U.S. Court of International Trade (“CIT”).  On November 13, 2008, based on a request by the SSA, the […]

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U.S. Senators Support Investigation of Excessive or Fraudulent Byrd Distributions

Washington, DC—United States Senators Shelby (AL), Vitter (LA), and Byrd (WV) have expressed support for vigorous investigation of  apparent problems in the recent distributions of antidumping duties pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA” or “Byrd Amendment”). At a recent meeting between SSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officials, SSA identified for CBP a series […]

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Customs to Investigate Excessive or Fraudulent Byrd Distributions

Washington, DC—On December 5, 2006, SSA met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officials regarding the recent  distributions of antidumping duties pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy Offset Act (“CDSOA” or “Byrd Amendment”). SSA identified for CBP a series of apparent problems in the certifications, including excessive claims, obvious disqualifying factors, and potentially  fraudulent claims. SSA also noted […]

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