FDA Adds Another Indian Shrimp Exporter to Banned Antibiotic Import Alert

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data regarding 72 total seafood entry line refusals in July, of which three (4.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  In addition to these three entry lines, another entry line of shrimp was refused for the presence of pesticides, while ten more entry lines of shrimp […]

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Two More Indian Shrimp Exporters Added to Banned Antibiotic Import Alert Lists; FDA on Track to Refuse Most Shrimp Entry Lines for Veterinary Drug Residues Since 2016

This past holiday weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data regarding 63 total seafood entry line refusals in June, of which nine (14.3%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  In addition to these nine entry lines, another entry line of shrimp was refused for the presence of pesticides, while another five entry lines […]

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FDA Continues to Crackdown on Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp in 2022

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published detailed data regarding 33 total seafood entry line refusals in January, of which 4 (12.1%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.   The four shrimp entry lines refused in January were for shipments from Bangladesh and Vietnam: Gemini Sea Food, Ltd. (Bangladesh), a company that is currently […]

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In March, FDA Refuses Vietnamese Shrimp for Antibiotics and Pesticides; Indian Shrimp for Salmonella

For the month of March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 5 out of the 171 (2.9%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In addition, the FDA reported refusing an entry line of shrimp from Vietnam because of the presence of pesticides, as well as six entry lines of shrimp […]

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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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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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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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Testimony to Congress Denounces FDA Reliance on Self-Policing Instead of Testing

Tarpon Springs, FL—John Williams, a member of the U.S. shrimp industry for 37 years and executive director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA), testified today before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Commerce and Energy Committee that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) relies too heavily on U.S. importers to protect the U.S. food supply.  Williams […]

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