SSA Sends Letter Encouraging Imported Food Safety

On September 2nd, SSA sent a letter to members of the Senate, which read in part:
“The Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) remains extremely frustrated with the lack of progress in preventing the continued importation of farm-raised shrimp and shrimp products contaminated with antibiotics and pesticides banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because they are deemed harmful to human health. Although SSA and many in Congress have been pressing this concern for years, it is apparent from FDA data that shrimp farmers in many of the major shrimp exporting nations continue to abuse the use of these illegal substances to artificially increase their yields, reduce their per-unit production costs, and further depress prices paid to US shrimpers in the US market. In fact, FDA data confirms that although the frequency of FDA testing of shrimp imports remains extremely low (1-2 percent), the rate of detection of these substances is increasing at an alarming rate.”

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