FDA rejects record number of shrimp products due to antibiotics

Published on
December 7, 2015

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a further 129 seafood entry lines during the month of November, adding to its record level of shrimp refusals to come out of 2015 so far.

According to the Southern Shrimp Alliance, the FDA has turned down a total of 386 entry lines for shrimp so far this year mostly due to antibiotic concerns, a record for the agency. Vietnamese shrimp products account for 38 of the 386 shrimp lines refused.

Of the 129 seafood refusals delivered by the FDA in November, 7 percent were shrimp products with antibiotic association. Most of these latest refusals involved shrimp manufactured from Bac Lieu Fisheries, based in Vietnam.

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