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November 26, 2014

United States

Washington DC—FDA Rejections of Shrimp Imports Because of Antibiotics

 

In October 2014, the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that it refused 101 seafood shipments, 35 of them due to antibiotic contamination, the largest number since January 2011, when 42 shipments were refused, 39 of them from China.

 

The large number of refusals in October reflects a significant increase in FDA regulatory actions to address the continuing problem of banned antibiotics in imported shrimp.  Since 2011, FDA has refused more than 25 shrimp shipments contaminated with banned antibiotics in a single month only five times, with three of those months occurring this year.

 

In 2014, while USA shrimp import volumes have grown 14% through September, the number of FDA refusals has more than doubled, compared to the same period in 2013.  The most significant factor in FDA’s increased refusals has been shrimp shipments from Malaysia and Vietnam.  These results are consistent with the four year trend of increasing refusals of shrimp because of banned antibiotics from both countries.

 

In October 2014, 22 of the 35 refused shipments for antibiotic contamination were Malaysian shrimp and five were Vietnamese shrimp.  These refusals involved three Malaysian shippers—Hong San Frozen Foods, Double Memory and Sunlight Seafood—and two Vietnamese shippers—Ngoc Tri and Hoang Phuong.

 

In addition to refusals of Vietnamese and Malaysian shrimp, FDA also reported refusing four shipments of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp from India and three from Zhanjiang Guolian in China.

 

Source: Southern Shrimp Alliance.  Know Your Supplier: FDA Refusing Record Amounts of Shrimp Contaminated with Banned Antibiotics.  November 20, 2014.

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