US may ban Thai shrimp on EMS fears

The Thai Trade Centre for the United States has warned Thai shrimp exporters of U.S. attempts to stringently enforce a ban on imports of shrimp with EMS (early mortality syndrome), as the changes could hurt Thai shrimp farmers and exporters.

Pichalai Siripanich, senior director to the Thai Trade Centre in Los Angeles, said Louisiana senators were attempting to push through a bill against the import of shrimp with EMS, which is currently spreading across globe, including Southeast Asia. The move, he said, aimed to protect the US shrimp industry.??

The bill was not ratified during a Senate meeting in May and US senators have been instructed to conduct a public hearing before proposing the bill again at the next Senate meeting.

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