Indian Shrimp Refusals for Antibiotics Establish Record; First Thai Shrimp Refused for Antibiotics Since 2005

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released details regarding imports refused entry into the United States for the month of May.  In total, the agency reported refusing 179 seafood entry lines last month.  Of these, 9 (5.0%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. In the first five months of this year, […]

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Recent Study Demonstrates Link Between Use of Antibiotics in Livestock with Development of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Aquatic Environments

Why should anyone care that there are banned antibiotics in imported farmed shrimp? The first answer to that question is the potential impact that exposure to antibiotics such as chloramphenicol and nitrofurans has on the health of unwitting consumers.  Importers and distributors of farmed seafood produced overseas argue that any potential harm caused by exposure to small amounts of banned […]

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Second Sunset Review of Shrimp Antidumping Duty Orders Begins

Today begins a process to determine whether tariffs are still needed to counter the harmful effects of unfairly traded shrimp imports on the U.S. market.  If you want to keep antidumping duties on shrimp imports, we need you to take action.  The industry must demonstrate support for the tariffs by the end of the month or the current duties could be eliminated.  […]

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Sunset Review of Shrimp Antidumping Duty Orders Will Be Initiated in March

In a Federal Register notice published today, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced that Five-Year Sunset Reviews of the antidumping duty orders on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam are scheduled to be initiated in March 2016. Commerce explains that once the Sunset Reviews are initiated, if the agency receives a Notice of Intent […]

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Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves

This weekend, a gut-wrenching article by Associated Press journalists tied slave labor in Thai shrimp processing plants to shrimp products available in large grocery chains and restaurants throughout the United States. The article is part of a series focused on force labor in the Thai seafood industry. Read the full story at: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/8f64fb25931242a985bc30e3f5a9a0b2/ap-global-supermarkets-selling-shrimp-peeled-slaves

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Seafoodnews.com: Thailand Setting the Stage for Permanent and Profitable Shrimp Recovery

Posted:   Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Thailand Setting the Stage for Permanent and Profitable Shrimp Recovery SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton September 22, 2015 © 2015 Seafoodnews.com   The fall in shrimp prices this year has exposed significant differences in how farmers in the major Asian producing countries have reacted to EMS. In a low priced environment, only those farmers who […]

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NGO Identifies Failures by Thai Government to Meaningfully Address Slave Labor in Thai Fishing Industry; Demonstrates the Need for Legislation Implementing the Port State Measures Agreement

Earlier this week, the Environmental Justice Foundation (“EJF”) published a briefing paper (“Broken Promises:  Why Thailand should stay on Tier 3 in the 2015 US Trafficking in Persons report”) identifying numerous shortcomings in the government of Thailand’s response to documented labor abuse in the Thai fishing industry.  Specifically, the briefing paper documented additional incidents of forced labor on Thai fishing […]

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Southern Shrimp Alliance Submits Comments Supporting the Recommendations Proposed by the President’s Task Force on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

In December, the President’s Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud issued fifteen (15) recommendations “for the implementation of a comprehensive framework of integrated programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud that emphasizes areas of greatest need.” The Task Force invited the public to provide comments regarding the proposed recommendations.  In response to this […]

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Commentary: Criminal Defamation Case Against Prominent Labor Activist Starts in Thailand

This week in Thailand, the civil and criminal lawsuits brought by the Natural Fruit Co. Ltd., one of the country’s largest pineapple processors, against Andy Hall began.  These lawsuits carry the threat of both substantial time in prison and massive financial damages for the long-time advocate of humane treatment and acceptable working conditions for migrant laborers in Thailand.   Over […]

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Commerce Announces Preliminary Results in Eighth Administrative Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Shrimp

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced preliminary results in the administrative proceedings determining antidumping duties assessed on shrimp imports that entered the United States between February 1, 2012 and January 31, 2013.  The results of the eighth administrative review, when final, will also establish the cash deposits required to be made by importers for future shipments. In the previous […]

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