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ASPA Statement on the Public Hearing Regarding Causes of Significant Trade Deficits for 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Today Dr. David Veal, executive director of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), testified before officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) at a public hearing in Washington, DC to address significant trade deficits in the shrimp industry. “For decades, our shrimp... Read More...

ASPA Statement on the 2017 Shrimp Sunset Review Vote by the U.S. International Trade Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 2, 2017 – Today the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) voted unanimously to support the domestic shrimp industry’s request to extend the antidumping orders on shrimp from China, India, Thailand and Vietnam for an additional five years.    The USITC voted to remove the orders on Brazil. “We at the American Shrimp Processors... Read More...

Executive Order by President Trump Strengthens U.S. Trade Enforcement and Job Creation

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 31, 2017 – “We are very pleased that President Donald Trump has taken major action today to strengthen U.S. trade enforcement,” said American Shrimp Processor Association (ASPA) Executive Director Dr. David Veal. “Making it harder for foreign companies to evade legally required duties helps to level the playing field for U.S. companies... Read More...

AMERICAN SHRIMP PROCESSORS ASSOCIATION CONDEMNS SENATE VOTE FAVORING FOREIGN SEAFOOD IMPORTS OVER CONSUMER SAFETY

  BILOXI, MS (May 25, 2016).  The United States Senate voted 55-43 today in support of Senate Resolution 28, which provides Congressional disapproval of a health and safety rule aimed to ensure the safety of American consumers.  The Resolution seeks to prevent the Department of Agriculture (USDA) from continued implementation of a robust catfish inspection... Read More...

FDA Claims Right to Ban Malaysian Shrimp Imports Without Inspections
A third of imports from peninsular Malaysia contained residues of banned antibiotics

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an “Import Alert” for farmed shrimp from Malaysia. Of Malaysian shrimp sampled, 32 percent of shrimp samples contained illegal and unsafe amounts of antibiotics, including one that has been shown to cause blood disorders and leukemia. Foreign aquaculture operations use antibiotics to treat shrimp’s bacterial infections, which... Read More...

Imported Seafood Shipments Rejected by FDA for “Unsafe Levels of Filth and Bacteria”
FDA rejected tens of thousands of imported seafood shipments

Imported Seafood Shipments Rejected by FDA for “Unsafe Levels of Filth and Bacteria”   The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) expresses great concern over the findings of a USDA analysis by the Food and Drug Administration’s import refusals report that reveals the FDA rejected tens of thousands of imported seafood shipments because they were unfit for human consumption. From... Read More...

American Shrimp Processors Association Applauds Passage of Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act

The US Senate today passed the Conference Report for H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (Customs Bill), an important piece of trade legislation that streamlines and enhances US trade remedy laws. The Customs Bill improves the flow of legitimate trade by modernizing the automated import and export system. The legislation also significantly... Read More...

ASPA Applauds AP Reporting About Slave-Peeled Shrimp from Thailand

American Shrimp Processors Applaud AP Reporting About Slave-Peeled Shrimp from Thailand; Group Says: “Know Where Your Shrimp Come From” The American Shrimp Processors Association applauds the work in the AP investigative article (embed link) bigstory.ap.org/article/8f64fb25931242a985bc30e3f5a9a0b2/ap-global-supermarkets-selling-shrimp-peeled-slaves this week about slave-peeled shrimp from Thailand being sold in U.S. restaurants and grocery chains. ASPA is appalled but not... Read More...

ASPA Supports Consumer Reports’ Shrimp Report Released

Members of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), who account for the vast majority of domestic, U.S. production of warm-water shrimp from Gulf and South Atlantic waters, agree with the findings of the Shrimp Report released today by Consumer Reports. “We are not surprised with these findings. The potential problems with antibiotics and health concerns... Read More...

ASPA Supports Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act
American Shrimp Processors Association Supports the Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act

Biloxi, Miss. January 23, 2015 – The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) supports a new food safety bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate: Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act. This act will tighten restrictions on foreign seafood that is exported to the U.S. This bill, introduced by Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), chairman of the Small Business... Read More...

ASPA Supports Leveling the Playing Field Act
American Shrimp Processors Association Supports the Leveling the Playing Field Act

Biloxi, Miss. December 18, 2014 – The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) applauds the introduction of the Leveling the Playing Field Act in the U.S. Senate. This bill, introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and supported by the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws, will make important reforms to strengthen the trade remedy on which... Read More...

ASPA Responds to Oceana Report
American Shrimp Processors Association Supports Efforts to Ensure Product Integrity and Quality

BILOXI, MISS. October 30, 2014 – Members of the American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA), who account for the vast majority of domestic, U.S. production of warm-water shrimp from Gulf and South Atlantic waters, are concerned with the findings of the Oceana report released today regarding misrepresentation of shrimp in grocery stores and restaurants across the... Read More...

‘Always Good Shrimp’ Carries Alabama Business
"Even though the shrimp business strayed from his original career plans, Carson never looked back. The shrimp business was exciting and rewarding."

Carson & Company was founded in 1976 in the historic French fishing village of Bon Secour, Alabama by accountant turned shrimp processor Carson Kimbrough. After several years of wearing coat and tie as an accountant, the Alabama native yearned to do something a little less formal and more challenging. After meeting and talking with a... Read More...

Alabama Processor Provides Shrimp to US Military
“The military will only buy 100% Grade A, and as a result of meeting these very high standards, our shrimp go all over the world to the U.S. military."

Sea Pearl in Bayou La Batre, Alabama is known for setting the standard for quality Gulf shrimp processing. Since their inception, they have made themselves open to third party inspections and were one of the first in the country (plant number 121) to open themselves up for the U.S. Department of Commerce voluntary inspection program. This... Read More...

New Chef Ambassador Program Announced
"The program was created to inspire and educate chefs and other culinary professionals about the unique qualities of Wild American shrimp."

The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) has launched the Wild American Shrimp Chef Ambassador Program, a program created to inspire and educate chefs and other culinary professionals about the unique qualities of Wild American shrimp, over massed produced imports, and showcase how this succulent and nutritious source of protein from the Gulf and South Atlantic warm waters... Read More...

Fifth Generation Business Progressive in Florida Industry
"The company’s goal is to listen to their customers and to help change the perception of domestic shrimp by providing consumers with customer-friendly information about the products they are buying."

The Wood family has been fishing in the sleepy Gulf Coast town of Port St. Joe, Florida since 1860. When it comes to seafood, the Woods have done it all. They caught mullet to make oil and hopped on board a shrimp boat soon after diesel engines became available. Although Wood’s Fisheries is a fifth... Read More...
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