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April 7, 2016

USA

Washington DC—FDA Shrimp Rejections in March 2016

 

In March 2016, the USA Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rejected 17 entry lines* of shrimp for reasons related to banned antibiotics.  The rejections involved seven companies from three different countries and were reported by six different regional offices of the FDA:

 

RDR Exports (India): The Florida District rejected four entry lines of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with nitrofurans.

 

Five Star Marine Exports, Pvt., Ltd. (India): The New York District banned three entry lines of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues and nitrofurans.

 

Kay Kay Exports (India): The Los Angeles District banned two entry lines of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues and nitrofurans.

 

Minh Phu Hau Giang Seafood Corp. (Vietnam): The Southwest District District banned one entry line of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues.

 

Bac Lieu Fisheries (Vietnam): The Atlanta District banned one entry line of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues.

 

Zhou Shan Xin Ming Zhou Aquatic Products Co. Ltd. (China): The New York District banned one entry line of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues.

 

Zhanjiang Regal Integrated Marine Resources Co., Ltd. (China): The Southwest District refused four entry lines of this company’s shrimp because of contamination with veterinary drug residues, and the Los Angeles District refused one entry line because of contamination with nitrofurans.  Shipments of shrimp from Zhanjiang Regal to the USA are currently subject to detention without physical examination.

 

* Entry Lines: 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: Southern Shrimp Alliance.  FDA Continues to Report Banned Antibiotics in Indian Shrimp.  Deborah Long (Phone 1-804-360-0074, Email deborah@cohesive).  April 4, 2016.

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