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October 6, 2015

United States

Washington DC—FDA Antibiotic Rejections Drop in September 2015


In September 2015, the Food and Drug Administration rejected fewer entry lines* of shrimp than in previous months.  It rejected nine line items of shrimp in September, down 47 percent from September 2014 and down 88 percent from August.


Just one Malaysian shrimp shipment was rejected in September, by far the lowest monthly amount for this year.  Still, Malaysia continues to lead all shrimp exporters on FDA refusals, accounting for over 85 percent of all shrimp rejections this year.


Illegal antibiotic residues are the chief reason for shrimp refusals.  Over 87 percent of all shrimp rejected in 2015 were due to antibiotics.


* FDA refusals ‎ are not of shipments; rather they are defined as “entry lines”.  A single container of shrimp shipped to the United States could include multiple entry lines.  For example, a single container of imported shrimp could contain peeled and deveined shrimp (PND) of multiple count sizes.  An importer can break this shipment out into multiple entry lines—PND/31-40/count as one, PND/41-50/count as another and PND/51-60/count as a third.  If all of this shrimp is contaminated with antibiotics and detected by the FDA, then that single container load would be reported as three entry line refusals.


An entry line is a type of product in any given container or other method of import.  Example: A container of imported shrimp (40,000 pounds) may have several different types of shrimp within that container such as peeled and deveined, cooked, breaded and headless shell-on.  Each different type of product in that container has its own code and each product is considered an “entry line”.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  FDA’s Shrimp and Seafood Refusals Down Sharply in September.  Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  October 5, 2015.

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