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January 6, 2016


Antibiotic Rejections Drop to Zero


A record spike in FDA shrimp refusals for much of 2015 fizzled out after antibiotic issues with Malaysian shipments were resolved in the final months of the year.


In December 2015, FDA refused 14 line items of shrimp bound for the USA, down 13 percent from November 2015.  Just three of those shipments were denied entry for illegal antibiotic residues, a 67 percent decline from the month prior.


The December 2015 figures are not representative of the record pace the FDA had refused shrimp shipments to the USA market through the first eight months of 2015.  For the year, FDA shrimp refusals were up 74 percent over 2014 figures.  A crackdown on illegal antibiotic residues in 2015 shipments is what drove the increase.  About 80 percent of all the rejected shrimp imports were because of illegal antibiotic residues detected in the shrimp.


In 2015, Malaysian shrimp imports were the main violator, accounting for 80 percent of all antibiotic rejections and 64 percent of overall refusals.  In October 2015, during the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL 2015 meeting in Vancouver, transshipment issues were identified as the main reason behind the FDA’s sharp rise in Malaysia’s shrimp rejections.  Since then, Malaysia seemingly resolved the transshipping issue and refusals dropped from the record levels earlier in 2015.  Not one shrimp shipment from Malaysia was flagged for illegal antibiotics in December 2015.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  FDA’s Shrimp Refusals Down Again in December as Malaysia’s Antibiotic Rejections Reach Zero.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  January 5, 2016.

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