State Department Suspends the Section 609 Shrimp Certifications for China and Venezuela

In a Federal Register notice published today, the U.S. Department of State announced that it was suspending the certifications made, pursuant to Section 609 of Public Law 101-162, of the commercial shrimp fishery in China and Venezuela.  With regard to China, the State Department explained that the suspension of the People’s Republic of China resulted “due to the use of methods of harvesting […]

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FDA Renews Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now issued its first report of entry line refusals for 2020. There were 96 total seafood entry line refusals in January, of which two were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics (2.1%). The FDA had reported no refusals of shrimp entry lines for reasons related to banned antibiotics in November […]

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For the Second Straight Month, FDA Reports No Refusals of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

Last week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that there were 129 total seafood entry line refusals in December, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With no such refusals reported for November, the FDA has now gone two months without detecting antibiotics in shrimp imports. For the year, the FDA has refused a […]

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As Shrimp Landings in the Northern Gulf Improve for the First Time this Year, Texas Landings Decline

The Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center has now released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for October 2019. NOAA reported that shrimp landings in the Gulf in October (11.2 million pounds) were higher than landings in October 2018 (10.4 million pounds). However, these landings were the second lowest […]

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Broad Refusals of Imported Shrimp with Salmonella Continue in October, with FDA Also Refusing Shrimp with Antibiotics from India and Venezuela

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that 2 out of the 131 (1.5%) total seafood entry line refusals in October were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The FDA has now refused a total of 60 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues in 2019. The two shrimp entry lines refused in […]

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September Shrimp Landings Thirty Percent Below Historical Averages

This morning, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for September 2019. NOAA reported that shrimp landings in the Gulf last month (9.0 million pounds) were the third lowest reported for any September since 2002; 29.9 percent below the prior seventeen-year […]

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In April, Louisiana Shrimp Landings Reported to Be Lowest in Last 18 Years

This morning, the Fishery Monitoring Branch of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries’ Southeast Fisheries Science Center released shrimp landings data from the Gulf of Mexico for April 2019. With the disclaimer that reporting issues may have delayed or otherwise limited commercial shrimp landings data in Louisiana, NOAA indicates that 254,000 pounds of shrimp were landed in that state […]

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ADDITIONAL DUTIES ON CHINESE SHRIMP IMPORTS WILL INCREASE TO 25% ON FRIDAY

Tomorrow, a formal notice from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will be published in the Federal Register announcing that, at the direction of President Trump, additional duties on a massive amount of Chinese imports, including imports of aquacultured seafood products, will be increased from 10 to 25 percent effective on Friday, May 10th.  Last September, the USTR had initially […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Supports Louisiana Labeling Legislation

Since its founding nearly 2 decades again, the Southern Shrimp Alliance’s (SSA) top priority has been fighting at the federal level against all forms of illegal shrimp imports. This includes especially shrimp imports contaminated with dangerous antibiotics that pose a dual threat to human health. On the one hand, some antibiotics used on foreign shrimp farms can cause deadly forms of […]

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FDA Only Reports One Shrimp Refusal for Antibiotics in April

In April, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that just 1 out of the 88 (1.1%) total seafood entry line refusals were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. The table below summarizes shrimp entry line refusals for reasons related to veterinary drug residues from 2002 through April 2019.   The sole shrimp entry line refused in […]

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