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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Improving Duty Collection

EXPLORE FURTHER: Preventing Mislabeling and Transshipment Addressing the “New Shipper” Loophole Replacing Enhanced Bonding Requirements The U.S. trade laws can only help the domestic shrimp industry if they are enforced. Since 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported that it has been unable to collect nearly $68.9 million in antidumping duties on shrimp. Some portion of these assessed […]

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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 Condemns Mislabeling on U.S. Shrimp Packages

Tarpon Springs, Fla.– As the result of a four-week investigation organized by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, government officials in 17 states reported finding that ice was fraudulently included as part of the labeled weight of seafood sold to consumers, including U.S. wild-caught shrimp.  The Southern Shrimp Alliance commends the responsible state officials for investigating this deceptive commercial practice that […]

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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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Shrimpers Decry the Administration’s Reluctance to Aggressively Defend U.S. Trade Laws

Tarpon Springs, FL– Since 2001, U.S. importers have failed to pay nearly $1 billion in antidumping and countervailing duties assessed on unfairly traded imports.  This problem is directly attributable to the lack of an effective US mechanism to enforce the collection of duties on importers.  Absent such a mechanism, imports have been allowed to enter the United States, and when […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Efforts Lead to Better Enforcement of U.S. Trade Laws

Chinese Shrimp Known for Circumvention and Food Safety Violations Tarpon Springs, FL- The Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) coordination with its Congressional allies and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) promises to yield better enforcement against circumvention of the antidumping orders on frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, Ecuador, India, Thailand, and Vietnam. Transshipment, mislabeling product excluded as “dusted” shrimp, and […]

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Joint Statement by the Southern Shrimp Alliance and Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited

Southern Shrimp Alliance Agrees to End a Review of CP Foods’ Shrimp Antidumping Duties Washington, DC—The Southern Shrimp Alliance and CP Foods, the leading shrimp producer and exporter in Thailand, have negotiated a  settlement agreement under which the antidumping duties applied to imported shrimp from CP Foods will remain at 5.95% and will not be  subject to an administrative review. […]

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Joint Statement by the Southern Shrimp Alliance and Empagran

Southern Shrimp Alliance Agrees to End a Review of Empagran’s Shrimp Antidumping Duties Washington, DC—The Southern Shrimp Alliance and Empagran, a shrimp producer and exporter in Ecuador, have negotiated a settlement agreement under which the antidumping duties applied to imported shrimp from Empagran will remain at 3.58% and will not be subject to an Administrative Review. The Southern Shrimp Alliance […]

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