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April 10, 2015

United States

Washington DC—FDA Continues Crackdown on Antibiotics

 

In March 2015, over one-third of the 155 shipments [entry lines] that the Food and Drug Administration refused were for veterinary drug residues [antibiotics] in shrimp.

 

   

With the March refusals, the FDA has refused 140 shrimp shipments for banned antibiotics in 2015.  The total from the first quarter of 2015 represents more shrimp shipment refusals by the agency than any full year in the twelve-year period between 2002 and 2013.  If the FDA continues to refuse shrimp import shipments at the current rate–just under 47 per month–last year’s record high of 208 such refusals will be surpassed by May 2015.

 

In March 2015, shrimp from five different countries–Malaysia, India, Vietnam, China, and Indonesia–were refused because of veterinary drug residues.  These refusals involved thirteen different companies in those five countries:

 

1. Seng Enterprise Seafood Supplier (1986), a company that was listed on Import Alert 16-124 on February 20, 2015 for chloramphenicol, had seventeen entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the Southwest Import District and another two entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the New York District.

 

2. HK Foods (M) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia), a company not currently listed on either Import Alert 16-124 or 16-129, had six entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans in the Los Angeles District.

 

3. Double Memory, Sdn., Bhd. (Malaysia), a company listed on Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans on December 15, 2014, had five entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans in the Los Angeles District.

 

4. Sunlight Seafood, Sdn., Bhd. (Malaysia), a company listed on Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans on September 29, 2014, but not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, had four entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues in the Los Angeles District.

 

5. Aquatech Venture, Sdn., Bhd. (Malaysia), a company listed on Import Alert 16-129 for nitrofurans on February 19, 2015, but not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans and veterinary drug residues in the Southwest Import District.

 

6. Avanti Feeds Limited (India), a company not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, but listed on Import Alert 16-129 on March 26, 2015, for nitrofurans, had six entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues at the Los Angeles District.

 

7. M/S Srikanth International (India), a company not currently listed on either Import Alert 16-124 or 16-129, had two entry lines refused for nitrofurans in the Southwest Import District.

 

8. Ngoc Tri Seafood Joint Stock Company (Vietnam), a company not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, had seven entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the San Francisco District.

 

9. Bac Lieu Fisheries Co., Ltd. (Vietnam), a company not currently listed on Import Alert 16-124, had two entry lines refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the Chicago District.

 

10. Hoang Phuong Seafood Factory (Vietnam), a company that was listed on Import Alert 16-124 on October 17, 2014 for enrofloxacin and ciprofloxacin, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the New York District.

 

11. Zhanjiang Guolian Aquatic Products, Co., Ltd. (China), a company that had an exemption to Import Alert 16-131 returned to it on February 11, 2015, had three entry lines refused for breaded shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the New York District.

 

12. Guangdong Gourmet Aquatic Products Co., Ltd. (China), a company not currently exempted from Import Alert 16-131, had one entry line refused for breaded shrimp contaminated with veterinary drug residues in the Los Angeles District.

 

13. PT Bumi Menara Internusa (Indonesia), a company not currently listed on either Import Alert 16-124 or 16-129, had one entry line refused for shrimp contaminated with nitrofurans in the Southwest Import District.

 

For the year, the FDA has reported refusing 96 shipments of shrimp from Malaysia because of antibiotic residues, 25 from Vietnam, 13 from India, 5 from China and 1 from Indonesia.

 

Source: Southern Shrimp Alliance.  FDA Crackdown on Contaminated Shrimp Continues–Historic Levels of Entry Line Refusals Surpasses All Previous Agency Experience.  April 7th, 2015.

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