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October 5, 2014


European Union Rejects Shrimp Because of Antibiotics


In what appears to be a big setback to India’s target of doubling seafood exports from $5 billion to $10 billion by 2020, more and more containers of shrimp from the state of Andhra Pradesh are being rejected by the European Union because they contain antibiotics or traces of antibiotics.


The Hindu newspaper reported that, in the past few months, a lack of proper monitoring is leading to frequent rejections of shrimp exports from India.  Ansar Ali, Deputy Director of the Marine Products Export Development Agency, said the rejection rate of Indian shrimp has been going up since July 2014.


The Federation of Indian Fishery Industries (FIFI) has sought a meeting of all the stakeholders to discuss the antibiotic issue.  FIFI president Y.G.K. Murti said there was no proper monitoring on the use of antibiotics.  Chloramphenicol and nitrofurans are used by hatcheries, seed suppliers or farmers.


Source: The Hindu.  Rejection of Vannamei by EU Raises Concern.  Santosh Patnaik.  October 5, 2014.

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