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September 15, 2015

United States

Washington DC, FDA Shrimp Refusals Set Record in August 2015


For the month of August 2015, the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused a total of 207 seafood entry lines*, setting a new record.  Of these, 72 (35%) were of shrimp entry lines refused for reasons related to banned antibiotics, the highest amount reported by FDA for any month going back to 2002.


With fourteen years worth of data available at the agency’s website, the top five months for shrimp entry line refusals have occurred during the first eight months of this year.


Through August 2015, FDA has now refused a total of 358 entry lines of shrimp products for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  This exceeds the total amount of entry lines of shrimp refused by the FDA for the same reasons over the three previous years (338).



* Entry Line Defined: 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: Aquaculture Directory.  August Sets New Record for FDA Refusals of Shrimp Entry Lines.  September 10, 2015.

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