March 12, 2019


US registers no shrimp refusals for antibiotics in February



From 26 in January, US refusal of entry lines of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics went down to zero in February, according to a news release by the Southern Shrimp Alliance, an organisation of shrimp fishermen and processors in the eight warmwater shrimp-producing states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.


However, four lines of shrimp were refused entry last month for reasons other than those related to banned antibiotics.


Three shrimp entry lines from a Venezuelan exporter were refused because of issues with the labelling of this shrimp, and one shrimp entry line from India was refused because of filth and the potential presence of salmonella in the shrimp.


In the first two months, the Food and Drug Administration reported refusing seven entry lines of Indian shrimp for reasons related to salmonella.


Meanwhile, 74 entry lines of seafood were refused in February.


The table below summarises shrimp entry line refusals for reasons related to veterinary drug residues from 2002 through February 2019: