Federal Agency Officials Host Meeting in New Orleans with Domestic Shrimp Industry on Shrimp Trade Regulatory and Enforcement Issues

As reported in a tweet from the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Center, officials from the Center, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), along with staff from Senator Bill Cassidy’s (R-LA) office, met with representatives of the U.S. shrimp industry in New Orleans, Louisiana on Tuesday.

In its post, the National IPR Center explained:
@IPRCenter Dep Asst Dir Patrick McElwain (far right) joined @CBP’s John Leonard and reps from @CommerceGov, @US_FDA, @NOAA, and @SenBillCassidy’s office for a meeting w/domestic shrimp industry reps to discuss regulatory/enforcement issues surrounding int’l trade in shrimp.”

In the meeting, members of the American Shrimp Processors Association, the Louisiana Shrimp Association, and the Southern Shrimp Alliance presented the U.S. shrimp industry’s concerns regarding a wide array of issues related to international trade in shrimp products to roughly two dozen federal officials. In return, representatives of the federal agencies in attendance provided updates regarding a number of different initiatives that have been undertaken to improve enforcement and augment regulatory oversight of shrimp imports.

“We are grateful to Senator Bill Cassidy, his staff, and all of the federal agency officials participating in the ‘Shrimp Roundtable’ in New Orleans this past Tuesday,” said John Williams, the Executive Director of the Southern Shrimp Alliance. “The Roundtable provided an incredible opportunity for members of our industry and government officials to exchange thoughts and ideas as to how effectively enforce the laws on our books, keep unsafe shrimp away from American consumers, and maintain a level playing field in the U.S. market.”

Read National IPR Center’s tweet here:

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