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June 4, 2013

United States

Louisiana House of Representatives Asks the USA Congres

to Study the Causes, Effects, Prevention and Treatment of EMS


On June 4, 2013, the Louisiana House of Representatives put the finishing touches on a resolution that asks the USA Congress to study the causes, effects, prevention and treatment of early mortality syndrome (EMS) in shrimp.  The resolution passed by a vote of 96 to zero.


Louisiana House Concurrent Resolution 120 by Representative Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, asks Congress to look at domestic and international trends and to “take all appropriate actions necessary to fully protect the shrimp industry in Louisiana and other states from this disease.”


Harrison originally wanted to ask Congress to ban shrimp imports from nations where early mortality syndrome has shown up, much like Mexico has done.  But New Orleans-area lawmakers revised the language upon hearing complaints from restaurants in their districts that rely on imported shrimp for their menus and described the original resolution as an overreach.


Source: Daily  Seafood Import Measure Passes.  June 4, 2913.


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