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WILL THE NEW TRADE DEAL IMPACT THE IMPORTED SHRIMPS MARKET?

The problem has being raised, because in someimported shrimps banned antibiotics and food borne pathogens were founded. Members of the US shrimp industry are becoming more concerned about the trade since it can influence US regulators rejecting unsafe seafood imports.

Since 2005, countries throughout the Asia Pacific region are trying to negotiation a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) regarding many issues, such as agriculture, intellectual property and many others.

There is another concern of US shrimpers: an unfair market disadvantages. The Trans-Pacific Partnership can weaken the possibility to refuse unsafe seafood imports, advantaging other countries towards USA.

In the US, 90% of the shrimps are imported from different countries, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected just 3.7% of the traded shrimps, and tested 0.7% of the total volume.

Many people are not sure if FDA can enforce the rules settled down, especially for inspections at the border.

Not everyone agrees, as vice president of communications for the National Fisheries Institute Gavin Gibbons said: “The suggestion by anti-trade voices that imported shrimp poses a food safety risk is part of a protectionist-driven, fake food safety scare”

He also pointed out that all seafood imports are subject to FDA’s Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP). Its duty is to analyze and control the biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, a distribution and a consumption of the finished product.

However, most of the US shrimpers accept the trade, they do not want “to give the rest of the world carte blanche permission to do whatever they want to do to the food they send here,”as David Veal (executive director of Wild American Shrimp) said.

 

The gLAWcal Team

POREEN project

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

(Source: Food safety news)

 

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin (Italy) which is beneficiary of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Partnering Opportunities between Europe and China in the Renewable Energies and Environmental iNdustries” - POREEN, Work-package 4.