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Update on EU Import Ban on Indian Shrimp


The European Commission (the executive arm of the European Union) is frustrated over the increasing incidence of antibiotic traces found in shrimp products imported from India.


In a letter to the India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF—representing importers, exporters, brokers and retailers) has stressed that a ban on Indian shrimp might be implemented in two to three months.  In the letter, John Hyman, chief executive officer of BFFF, wrote: “During a very productive meeting on August 8, 2017, with Sarvesh Rai of the Indian Mission to the EU, we were informed that India has undertaken several steps to satisfy the European Commission.  The indications we are receiving from the Commission are that these are not enough.”


BFF has urged the minister to redouble efforts to appease the Commission and to prevent a ban.  It has also asked India to overhaul its aquaculture export safety system and offered its expertise and perspective to resolve the issue.


There is a real risk that the USA Food and Drug Administration, which will look closely at the outcome of the European Union’s review, might review its import procedures from India.  The EU and the USA together account for $1.5 billion of aquaculture shrimp exports from India.  “We implore you to take this message very seriously,” BFFF added.


The European Commission is extremely dissatisfied with continued non-compliance and the lack of progress made by the Indian authorities.  In 2016, the EU strengthened its inspection norms for aquaculture products from India.  Earlier, the norm was to test samples from at least 10 percent of the consignments.  This was raised to 50 percent in 2016.


The EU is also believed to be directly banning processing plants whose products have been rejected.

Source: Worldnews.easybranches.com.  UK Importers warn of EU Shrimp Import Ban.  August 23, 2017.

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