Southern Shrimp Alliance Releases Updated Databases of Refused Shipments of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Imports in EU, Japan, and U.S. through 2021

As part of its “Know Your Supplier” initiative, the Southern Shrimp Alliance annually updates databases providing detailed information regarding shrimp imports rejected from the European Union, Japan, and the United States due to the presence of banned antibiotics. The databases, made available in Excel format, now include information for calendar year 2021 for the actions taken by enforcement agencies in three […]

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FDA Rejects Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp from Vietnam and Malaysia in November; Refusals in 2021 All from Just Three Regional Divisions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data over the weekend regarding 54 total seafood entry line refusals in November, of which 2 (3.7%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA also reported an additional 29 seafood entry line refusals in October that were not part of the agency’s reporting last month. None of […]

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FDA’s Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Will Be Highest Since 2016

Over the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data regarding 126 total seafood entry line refusals in August, of which 6 (4.8%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA also released additional information regarding refusals of another 35 seafood entry lines in July, of which 5 were of shrimp for reasons related to […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Lauds U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Issuance of Five New Withhold Release Orders

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued five Withhold Release Orders (WRO) on a variety of goods imported into the United States that are produced through forced or prison labor. The WRO was issued pursuant to CBP’s authority under 19 U.S.C. 1307, banning the importation of goods produced through forced or child labor. CBP issued WROs covering: (1)  garments […]

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United Nations Environment Programme Report Highlights Threat Posed by Abuse of Antibiotics in Aquaculture

Earlier this month, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) issued a report, Frontiers 2017: Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern, finding “antimicrobial resistance from environmental pollution among biggest emerging health threats.” The UNEP’s report, launched during the third UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya, explained: According to the World Health Organization, we may be entering a post-antibiotic era when simple, and previously treatable, […]

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Chinese Shrimp Continue to Show Antibiotic Contamination

Over the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) released information regarding entry line refusals for February.  In total, 10 of the 122 (8.2%) of the entry line refusals reported for last month were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.   The ten shrimp entry lines refused by the FDA for banned antibiotics in February were from […]

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2016 Was a Record Year for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics

News Alert:  2016 Was a Record Year for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) today released information regarding entry line refusals for the last week of November and the month of December.  In total, 7 of the 270 (2.6%) entry line refusals in the months of November and December were of […]

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BloombergBusinessweek Investigative Report Documents How Contaminated Shrimp from China Is Intentionally Entered Into the U.S. Market through Fraud

Today, Bloomberg Businessweek published an investigative report detailing how Chinese shrimp contaminated by antibiotics was routed through Malaysia, falsely claimed to be a product of Malaysia, and imported into the United States through those false representations. The story, reported by Jason Gale, Lydia Mulvany, and Monte Reel, documents the abuse of antibiotics in raising both terrestrial and aquatic livestock in […]

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FDA Refusals in August Show Enhanced Coordination Among Ports to Stop Unsafe Shrimp from Entering U.S. Market

Over the holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of August.  In total, the agency reported refusing 148 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 31 (20.9%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The 31 refusals in the month […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Statement on Antibiotics in Imported Shrimp

The Southern Shrimp Alliance opposes the use of banned antibiotics in shrimp aquaculture.  Beyond undermining consumer confidence in the wholesomeness of shrimp in the U.S. market, the use of banned antibiotics unethically reduces production costs for farmed shrimp by shifting risks from the producer to the consumer. The Southern Shrimp Alliance has made the continued presence of banned antibiotics in […]

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