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January 10, 2020

 

US reports no refusals of antibiotic-contaminated shrimp imports in December

 


The US reported a total of 129 seafood entry line refusals in December, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics, marking the second month in a row without detecting antibiotics in shrimp imports.

 

The Food and Drug Administration, however, refused two entry lines of shrimp because of the presence of salmonella: one from Sri Lanka and the other from the Philippines, the Southern Shrimp Alliance reported.

 

In the whole of 2019, the FDA refused a total of 61 entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to veterinary drug residues. Although this is higher than the total number of entry line refusals in the previous two years, the number is substantially below the average annual number of refusals over the last 17 years (93).

 

In October there was only one entry line of shrimp refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics. This entry line was from Mexico. Additionally, seven entry lines of shrimp were refused because of the presence of salmonella: five from India; one from Sri; and one from the Philippines.
 

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