The Southern Shrimp Alliance has compiled databases for all shrimp products refused entry by enforcement agencies in the United States, European Union, and Japan due to the presence of banned antibiotics and other antimicrobials. The databases are of information obtained directly from the enforcement agencies’ public disclosures. Users can sort and search the databases, which are compiled in Excel format. The data and dates available vary by the information made available by each enforcement agency.
These database compilations are provided by the Southern Shrimp Alliance to enhance the ability of consumers, suppliers, restaurants, and retailers to evaluate the risk of exposure to antibiotic-contaminated shrimp. As these data show, antibiotic use in shrimp aquaculture is limited to a small number of countries and failures to detect and prevent antibiotic-contaminated shrimp from being marketed can be attributed to a limited number of shrimp packers and exporters.
As the charts below demonstrate, over the last six years, RASFF notifications regarding shrimp contaminated by antibiotics have been dominated by imports sourced from India and Vietnam. Over the same time period, the vast majority of imported shrimp rejections in Japan because of the presence of banned antibiotics have been of products sourced from Vietnam and India. And, for the United States, other than the substantial entry lines of Malaysian shrimp refused while that country acted as a conduit for transshipped Chinese shrimp, the second and third largest sources of refusals were India and Vietnam.