SHRIMP in the United States is to be more closely monitored in move to combat seafood fraud and give the home grown industry greater protection.
Two Republican senators, Thad Cochran and Richard Shelby, both chairmen of key committees, have given their backing to an important piece of legislation allowing the Seafood Monitoring Programme to include shrimp in its assessments.
Dr David Veal, executive director of the American Shrimp Processors’ Association, said: ‘We are so pleased that chairmen Cochran and Shelby inserted language in the Senate CJS Appropriations bill to make sure that shrimp is included in this important programme to provide traceability of US seafood imports.
‘They understand that since shrimp comprises 65 per cent of US seafood imports it is vital that the species is included in the programme.’
Shrimp exports to the US are mainly farmed.
Edward T. Hayes, Gulf counsel for the American Shrimp Processors’ Association, added: ‘This measure will make sure that the health and safety of the American consumer is foremost when it comes to aquaculture shrimp imports.’