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July 22, 2015

United States

Washington DC—FDA’s Checks for Antibiotics in Shrimp


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first reviews all the electronic documents on a shrimp shipment—like foreign, domestic and port inspections—and then, based on the country’s and the exporter’s past history of violations, a computer system gives each shipment a risk number.  The higher the number, the more likely that shipment will receive an analytical inspection.


Samples from shipments that receive red flags are mixed with a chemical solvent, dried, liquefied and run through an analyzer.  If the analyzer shows the sample has more than one part per billion of an antibiotic, equivalent to one grain of salt in an Olympic-size swimming pool, the shipment is rejected.


Source: Al Jazeera TV Techknow.  Unsafe Shrimp.  July 20, 2015.

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