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April 20, 2013


Stops All Shrimp Imports from EMS Countries


On April 18, 2013, to protect its shrimp farming industry, the Mexican Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) decided to stop importing all product forms of shrimp from China, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam—the four countries affected by the early mortality syndrome (EMS) disease.


SAGARPA also asked the National Food Hygiene and Safety Administration to keep a close watch on the shrimp imports from non-EMS countries.  It said that the domestic shrimp farming industry is able to meet the local consumer demand for shrimp without increasing imports from other countries.


Mexico has nearly 1,400 shrimp farms covering a total area of more than 71,000 hectares.  In 2012, its farms harvested nearly 100,000 metric tons of shrimp, mostly for domestic use, while importing nine tons from the EMS countries.


Source: Business Times (Vietnam).  Mexico Stops Vietnamese Shrimp Imports.  April 21, 2012.


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