Know Your Supplier (Continued): Ethoxyquin, Nitrofurans, and Chloramphenicol

In September, the FDA refused 148 shipments of seafood imports.  Seven of these refusals (less than five percent) were of frozen shrimp imports.  Six shipments of shrimp, sent from exporters in Ecuador, India, Indonesia, and Vietnam, were refused for the presence of salmonella.  And one shipment of shrimp from Bangladesh was refused because of nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues. At […]

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GAO Issues Report Calling on FDA to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood

On May 16, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public a report prepared for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation reviewing the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of banned antibiotics, fungicides, and other harmful drug residues in imported seafood.  The report, “Seafood Safety: FDA Needs to Improve Oversight of Imported Seafood and Better Leverage […]

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Two Seafood Execs Sentenced for Mislabeling

Department of Justice Press Release Posted Thursday, May 5, 2011 Seafood Wholesaler Owners Sentenced in Alabama for Selling Falsely Labeled Fish, Smuggling and Misbranding of Seafood Products WASHINGTON– Karen L. Blyth and David H. M. Phelps were sentenced yesterday in federal court in Mobile, Ala., to 33 months and 24 months in prison, respectively. The pair was also fined $5,000 […]

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Developing Standards and Testing

Developing Standards and Testing The SSA is a primary sponsor and partner in efforts by the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC) International to develop testing methods and standards to identify various harmful contaminants in seafood. Richard Vendetti represented the SSA by serving on the AOAC International’s Stakeholders Panel for Marine and Freshwater Foods.  During a two-day conference, the Panel worked […]

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