PRTODAY / NewswireToday Free press release distribution service network

More news: Food/Culinary
Written by / Agency / Source: Cohesive Communications

Check Ads Availability|e-mail Article


Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!

U.S. Shrimp Industry Recommends Changes to Strengthen FDA - The Southern Shrimp Alliance testified that the FDA must adopt rigorous safety systems for imported seafood similar to those found in the European Union, Japan and Canada and the USDA’s regulation of imported meat, poultry, and egg products
U.S. Shrimp Industry Recommends Changes to Strengthen FDA

 

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Manhattan, KS, United States, 2007/10/03 - The Southern Shrimp Alliance testified that the FDA must adopt rigorous safety systems for imported seafood similar to those found in the European Union, Japan and Canada and the USDA’s regulation of imported meat, poultry, and egg products.

   
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Food/Culinary Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

On Monday before the Interagency Working Group on Import Safety, the Southern Shrimp Alliance (SSA) advocated that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt rigorous safety systems for imported seafood similar to those found in the European Union, Japan and Canada and the USDA’s regulation of imported meat, poultry, and egg products. Currently, the FDA relies solely on point-of-entry inspection of one percent of imported seafood products as the first and last line of defense, a model SSA says makes the United States the most attractive market for contaminated seafood products.

“There is a direct cause and effect relationship between market closures or restrictions on imports into the EU and Japan due to food safety violations and the diversion of contaminated products to the United States,” explained John Williams, executive director of the SSA. “If FDA remains less stringent than foreign seafood import regimes, then our regulatory system acts as magnet attracting unsafe and contaminated shrimp imports to the United States.”

For example, when the EU banned all Pakistani seafood producers in April 2007 for severe deficiencies in the country’s food safety controls, Pakistani shrimp exports to the United States jumped from zero imports from February to May 2007 to over 165,000 pounds in June 2007.

To protect the safety of American consumers and the overall integrity of our nation’s food supply, FDA must ensure the safety of seafood imports throughout the product’s life cycle.

Reform proposals include requiring that exporting countries administer food safety laws that are at least equivalent to U.S. laws; verifying that individual exporters adhere to such laws; mandatory minimum inspection and testing rates; significant penalties for noncompliance with U.S. safety standards; and, increased cooperation with major seafood importing countries.

Currently, the FDA does not require certification of equivalence and inspects only one percent of imported seafood products.

“Essentially, minimal FDA oversight allows importers to self-certify compliance with U.S. safety standards,” said Williams. “Also, the FDA does not quarantine imports at U.S. borders. It instead allows importers, who have financial incentives to use the product they purchased in the most profitable way, to take delivery of even the most suspicious seafood imports. In addition, current FDA enforcement is insufficient to dissuade or prevent port-shopping, the practice of seeking to enter rejected merchandise at other ports of entry.”

In stark contrast, the EU guarantees equivalence in food safety controls by conducting foreign on-site inspections and certifying exporting countries and individual exporters prior to importation of a product. In addition, the EU currently inspects 20 percent of seafood imports and has the authority to destroy non compliant imports.

Japan has a strict risk-based system that includes certification requirements, testing 25 percent of shrimp imports, and significant penalties for noncompliance. Likewise, Canada has strict importer licensing requirements and imposes a minimum standard inspection rate of 15 percent for all imported seafood products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) demonstrates that the U.S. government is capable of enforcing imported food safety as well as the EU, Japan and Canada. Food safety enforcement policies implemented by USDA for imported meats, poultry, and egg products are similar to those of other major importing countries and include extensive work with exporting countries, higher levels of inspection and testing, strong penalties for noncompliance, and a multilateral exchange of information with other importing countries. Unlike the FDA, which relies heavily on U.S. importers and foreign exporters to enforce U.S. seafood safety standards, the USDA requires certification of foreign equivalence and tests approximately 16 percent of all meat and poultry imports to the United States.

“The health risks posed by contaminated imported seafood are serious, and the failure to implement a meaningful imported food regulatory regime threatens the safety of American consumers, domestic producers, and the overall integrity of our nation’s food supply,” stated Williams. “Congress has expressed significant interest in reforming FDA and SSA looks forward to working with our elected officials on this issue. We hope Congress and the Administration will work together quickly to make FDA function as well as the food safety regimes in other major importing countries.”

SSA is an alliance of the U.S. warm water wild shrimp fishery from eight states: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas.

 
 
Your Banner Ad Here instead - Showing along with ALL Articles covering Food/Culinary Announcements

Replace these Affiliate Programs at ANYTIME! Your banner here within the next hour. Learn How!


 

Written by / Agency / Source: Cohesive Communications

 
 

Availability: All Regions (Including Int'l)

 

Traffic Booster: [/] Quick Newswire Today Visibility Checker

 

Distribution / Indexing: [+]

 
 
# # #
 
 
  Your Banner Ad showing on ALL
Food/Culinary articles,
CATCH Visitors via Your Competitors Announcements!


U.S. Shrimp Industry Recommends Changes to Strengthen FDA

Company website links NOT available to basic submissions
It is OK to republish and/or LINK any newswire for any legitimate media purpose as long as you name Newswire Today and LINK as the source.
 
  Is this your article?
Activate ALL web links and social stream by Upgrading to Press Release PREMIUM Plan Now!

|
Publisher Contact: Deborah Long - CohesiveCommunications.com 
785-539-5218 deborah[.]cohesivecommunications.com
 
Newswire Today - PRZOOM / PRTODAY disclaims any content contained in this article. If you need/wish to contact the company who published the current release, you will need to contact them - NOT us. Issuers of articles are solely responsible for the accuracy of their content. Our complete disclaimer appears here.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Issuance, publication or distribution of this press release in certain jurisdictions could be subject to restrictions. The recipient of this press release is responsible for using this press release and the information herein in accordance with the applicable rules and regulations in the particular jurisdiction. This press release does not constitute an offer or an offering to acquire or subscribe for any Cohesive Communications securities in any jurisdiction including any other companies listed or named in this release.

Food/Culinary via RSSAdd NewswireToday - PRZOOM Headline News to FeedBurner
Find who RetweetFollow @NewswireTODAY



Are you the owner of this article?, Turn it PREMIUM with your LOGO instead - and make it 3rd party Ads-Free! within the next hour!


Read Latest Articles From Cohesive Communications / Company Profile


Read Food/Culinary Most Recent Related Newswires:

DSM Presents its Latest Innovations At EuroTier 2016
Barry Callebaut Group Announces Expansion Plans for U.S. West Coast Facility
Barry Callebaut Expands Chocolate Manufacturing Facility in Singapore
Barry Callebaut Celebrates Grand Opening of its First Chocolate Factory in Indonesia
Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Quintiq as A Leader in Supply Chain for the Food & Beverage Industry
Barry Callebaut and Prova to Launch Joint Project Empowering Vanilla Farmers
Barry Callebaut Joins the 25 Most Sustainable Listed Companies in Switzerland
Barry Callebaut to Extend Strategic Supply Partnership with Mondelēz International in Belgium
Australian Native Food Harvest - A Guide for the Passionate Cook and Gardener Published
Barry Callebaut, IFC, and the IDH Partner to Provide Credit for ‘Productivity Packages’ to Farmers and Co-operatives
Barry Callebaut Opens New, Relocated CALLEBAUT® CHOCOLATE ACADEMY Center in Mumbai
Barry Callebaut and Tony’s Chocolonely Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement to Produce Chocolate from Fully Traceable Sustainable Cocoa
DSM Launches New Cultures for Low-fat Cheese
Barry Callebaut Group Enhances Efforts for Signature Cocoa Horizons Sustainability Programme in Ghana
Mya Zeronis Publishes Eat Slowly, Move Fast: 98-Pound Chef's Cookbook

Boost Your Social Network
& Crowdfunding Campaigns


LIFETIME SOCIAL MEDIA WALL
NewswireToday Celebrates 10 Years in Business


PREMIUM Members


Visit  JobsWare.com

Visit  BizJobs.com





 
  ©2016 Newswire Today — Limelon Advertising, Co.
Home | About | Advertise/Pricing | Contact | Investors | Privacy/TOS | Sitemap | FRANCAIS
newswire, PR free press releases distribution service magazines engine news alert newsroom press room breaking news public relations articles company news alerts newswiredistribution ezine bizentrepreneur biznewstoday digital business report market search pr firms agencies reports distri-bution today investor relation successful internet entrepreneurs newswire distribution prtoday.com freenewswiredistribution asianewstoday bizwiretoday USA pr UK today - NOT affiliated with PRNewswire as we declined their partnership offer in 2013
 
PRTODAY & NewswireTODAY are NOT affiliated with USA TODAY (usatoday.com)