FDA refuses record number of shrimp imports
In January 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused the import of a record number of shrimp, some due to the use of banned antibiotics in that shrimp and some due to the presence of salmonella in the shrimp products. A total of fourteen shrimp entry lines were rejected by the FDA in January because of salmonella contamination.
Food safety issues arise out of lower-quality imported food products. The FDA’s refusal to allow entry of these shrimp products due to salmonella contamination indicates an increased potential for food poisoning in such products.
The FDA stopped the import of the following shrimp lots because of salmonella contamination: Falcon Marine Exports Pvt Ltd. in Orissa, India; Sandhya Aqua Exports Pot. Ltd. in Kurumaddali, Andhra Pradesh, India; Jagadeesh Marine Exports in Bhimavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India; and PT Bumi Menara Internusa in Jawa Timur, Indonesia.
Salmonella bacteria are the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness. Every year, an estimated 42,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since sufferers don’t always seek treatment, a notable number of milder cases aren’t diagnosed or reported. Therefore, the figure may be up to 29 times higher, making salmonellosis the second most frequent foodborne illness in the country.
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