US imported shrimp to be monitored for traceability

09 Aug 2017
Ecuador is one of the main importers of shrimp to the United States Photo: Dirk Blankenhaus

Ecuador is one of the main importers of shrimp to the United States Photo: Dirk Blankenhaus

The US will include shrimp in its Seafood Import Monitoring Program in future so it can better account for its traceability.

It's a move welcomed by America's  top shrimp importer, Ecuador, which says that the bill passed by The US Senate Appropriations Committee will allow responsible producers to stand-up for even higher standards in the industry.

“We are very pleased to see the announcement that shrimp will be added to the US monitoring program, as we firmly believe it’s time for responsible producers to stand up in favour of strong standards and improved traceability in the seafood industry,” said José Antonio Camposano, executive president of the National Chamber of Aquaculture of Ecuador.

“All consumers deserve access to the highest quality products and through this program, US consumers will have improved knowledge and access to shrimp produced to the highest environmental and social standards.”

At present, 91% of the seafood consumption in the United States comes from imported products and 25% of this is shrimp.

Ecuador is one of the main importers of shrimp to the United States. Last April, it exported more than 80 million pounds to the country.

Mr Camposano said that Ecuador is already renowned for its preferential aquaculture farming and processing practices, and as a result is recognised globally for its great taste, texture and quality shrimp products.

He added that the sector is now also leading a new antibiotic-free initiative which will further improve the region’s position as a provider of premium shrimp.