August 11, 2017


US reports no refusals for antibiotic-laced shrimp imports in July



The US refused entry to 129 seafood entry lines in July, of which none were of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.


As no refusals for shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics were reported in June either, this is the first time that the Food and Drug Administration has gone two months without reporting such a refusal since April and May 2006, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) reported.


The FDA has reported the number of shrimp samples collected for testing for banned antibiotics and dyes on a fiscal year basis, and the number of shrimp samples collected each year has significantly increased.


The FDA additionally reported the number of tests conducted that resulted in detection of banned antibiotics or dyes. These data confirmed that a small minority of total shrimp imports were found to contain banned antibiotics, according to the SSA.


"Nevertheless, the FDA's detection rate in fiscal year 2016 - 4.2% - is significantly higher than the detection rate reported by the agency in fiscal years 2003 through 2007", it said.


"Because the volume of shrimp imports into the United States is so high, if 4.2% of all shrimp imports were contaminated in FY2016, that would indicate that roughly 55.6 million pounds of shrimp entered the United States with detectable quantities of banned antibiotics between October 2015 and September 2016", it explained.