Searchable Databases of Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp

The Southern Shrimp Alliance has compiled databases for all shrimp products refused entry by enforcement agencies in the United States, European Union, and Japan due to the presence of banned antibiotics and other antimicrobials.  The databases provide information obtained directly from the enforcement agencies’ public disclosures.  Users can sort and search the databases, which are compiled in Excel format. The data and dates available vary by the information made available by each enforcement agency.

Sort by manufacturing firm FEI number, legal name, address, country of origin, product, refusal date and more.

Sort by product, refusal date, country of origin, type of banned antibiotic, and more. RASFF does not report the name of the specific company.

Sort by product, country of origin, name of manufacturer or shipper, antibiotic finding, year and more.

Food Safety Regulatory Agencies by Country

The links below allow you to review information published by food safety regulatory agencies in the United States, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, the European Union, and Australia regarding seafood and other imports.

Japan

Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Imported Foods Inspection Services

List of Import Refusals (See “Recent Cases of Violation of the Food Sanitation Act”)

Australia

Imported Food Inspection Scheme

Monthly Failing Food Reports

Research Centers

These research centers dedicate themselves to different aspects of food security, including the effects of antibiotic use in aquaculture.

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) is a Center of Excellence, established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Division, that addresses vulnerabilities of the global food system through a comprehensive, farm-to-table view. It partners with industry, government, NGOs, and academic stakeholders to help assure product integrity, supply chain resiliency, and brand protection throughout the food system.

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future works with students, educators, researchers, policymakers, advocacy organizations and communities to build a healthier, more equitable, and resilient food system.

It researches food security, food production, climate disruption, and food system policy change. A high-priority area of concern includes antibiotic resistance.

Latest News on Antibiotics and Additives in Shrimp

Through April, the FDA Has Already Refused More Antibiotic-Contaminated Shrimp Than All of 2020

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 107 total seafood entry line refusals in April, of which 6 (5.6%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. Through the first third of this year, the FDA has now refused more entry lines of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp than were refused in all of […]

In First Quarter of 2021, FDA Refuses Almost as Much Antibiotic-Tainted Shrimp as All of 2020

On Sunday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 59 total seafood entry line refusals in March, of which 6 (10.2%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 33 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA has […]

Over First Two Months, FDA Shows Different Approach to Contaminated Imported Shrimp in 2021

This morning, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published data reporting that there were 50 total seafood entry line refusals in February, of which 14 (28.0%) were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics. With a total of 27 entry lines of shrimp refused for banned antibiotics through the first two months of this year, the FDA is […]

Published Academic Study Confirms Higher Prevalence of Anti-Microbial Resistant Bacteria in Imported, Farm-Raised Shrimp

On Tuesday, Nature’s Scientific Reports published an article by Laxmi Sharma, Dhruv Patel, Dr. Ravinder Nagpal, and Dr. Prashant Singh of Florida State University and Dr. Charlene Jackson of the Bacterial Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Research Unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service characterizing the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and gut microbiome communities in shrimp sold […]