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September 17, 2015


Hooked on Antibiotics


In August 2015, the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continued to refuse far more shrimp shipments from Malaysia for illegal antibiotic residues than from any other country.  FDA’s data showed shrimp refusals up over five-fold in August with antibiotics accounting for 94 percent of all violations.  Malaysian shipments accounted for over 80 percent of the rejections.


In the first eight months of 2015, Malaysia has been the top violator by a long shot, responsible for 72 percent of refusals.


It’s important to note, however, that Malaysian shrimp imports account for a very small portion of the USA shrimp supply.  Through July, Malaysia accounted for just 2.5 percent of USA imports, compared to the 52 percent of the market by volume for Indian, Vietnamese and Indonesian.  To date, they have had 88 line items of shrimp refused by the FDA.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Malaysia Still Comfortably Atop List of Most Rejected Shrimp US Suppliers in August.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email

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