October 6, 2014


EU turns away tonnes of Indian shrimp for high traces of antibiotics



Tonnes of farmed shrimp from India have been rejected by the European Union for high traces of antibiotics.

Quoting a senior official of India's Marine Product Export Development Agency, the Indian newspaper The Hindu said the rejection rate for Indian shrimp shipments had been going up since July.

The newspaper reported that the most recent rejection involved a 24-container van consignment from the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  

Y.G.K. Murti, president of the Federation of Indian Fishery Industries (FIFI), blames lack of government monitoring for the industry's current food safety problems. Excessive use of chloramphenicol and nitro furan, according to him, has been common in hatcheries and farms and among seed suppliers.

In a recent letter to the India's Department of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, he called for an urgent meeting of all stakeholders in the industry to discuss the problem.

In the light of the recent "blacklisting" by the EU of the Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour for poor hygiene and sanitation, he said problems like this could get out of hand. 

His concern, he said, is the possibility that similar rejections could happen in the US where India has taken over Thailand as the leading supplier of imported farmed shrimp.