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October 24, 2014

United States

Louisiana—Senator Says to Check Indian Shrimp for Antibiotics

 

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu has written to the head of USA Customs and Border Protection to ask that it increase its inspections of Indian and other imported shrimp.

 

In her letter, she said:

 

A recent report indicates that the European Union (EU) has rejected 24 container shipments of shrimp from India due to the presence of excessive antibiotics.  I am extremely concerned that this Indian shrimp, as well as many other containers of shrimp rejected from our trading partners with more robust health and safety standards, will simply be dumped into our market.  If we do not put in place adequate health and safety rules and sufficient inspections, this could pose a significant health risk to the American public.”

 

She cites an FAO report that says the USA has higher tolerance levels for certain veterinary chemicals and antibiotics than either Canada or the European Union (EU).  “More disturbing is the fact that USA health and safety standards for shrimp imports are lower than those imposed by other major export markets, including the EU, Japan and Canada.   This is particularly problematic in instances where large volumes of shrimp are rejected from one market and may end up in another market with less vigilant inspections.

 

Source: Seafood.com (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email jsackton@seafood.com).  Louisiana Sen. Landrieu Asks Customs to Increase Inspections of Indian Shrimp Following EU Rejections.  October 23, 2014.

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