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January 25, 2015

United States

Washington DC—New Bill to Control Shrimp Imports


On January 20, 2015, Louisiana Senator David Vitter introduced the Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act into the USA Senate.  The Act would strengthen testing standards for foreign seafood exported to the United States.


The Mississippi-based American Shrimp Processors Association said it supports the Act, which would:


• Increase inspection standards on imported seafood to ensure tainted or infected seafood does not reach the tables of American families.


• Require USA safety standards be met by foreign exporters


• Mandate increased inspection of imported seafood and impose penalties on exporters that fail inspections and safety tests


• Give state governments the authority and money to help inspect imported seafood


• End “port shopping,” the practice of shipping seafood from port to port to avoid inspection


• Impose stiff fines on those who mislabel their products


Source:  Shrimp Processors Back Seafood-Safety Bill.  January 23, 2015.

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