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July 8, 2015


Antibiotic Refusals in June 2015


In June 2015, FDA refusals for illegal antibiotic residues in imported shrimp continued to increase.  By a wide margin, Malaysia was still the top violator.  FDA has rejectged 179 Malaysia shrimp shipments through June 2015, compared to just eight during the same period in 2014.  Over 93 percent of those shipments were rejected because of illegal antibiotic residues.  Through May 2015, Malaysia accounted for just under three percent of total USA shrimp imports. 


Through June 2015, FDA reported a total of 284 shrimp refusals by line item, a 110 percent increase over the same time last year.  Refusals listed for illegal antibiotics and other drugs reached 228 rejections by line item through June, a 315 percent increase over last year.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Malaysia’s Shrimp Shipments Continued to Dominate FDA’s Overall Antibiotic Refusals in June.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  July 7, 2015.

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