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Exporters of India fear EU restrictions due to antibiotics in aquaculture products

Staff Writer | August 8, 2017
The exporting sector fears that the European Union (EU) can consider the possibility of imposing a ban on Indian aquaculture seafood imports due to the discovery of increasing incidence of traces of antibiotics in the shipments from that country.
Exporters of India
Seafood   According to the Business Standard:
According to the Business Standard, at present these are speculations as there is no authentic official data available from the EU on such a move.

In the period from 2016 to 2017, the EU accounted for 18 percent of the total $5.78 billion seafood exports from India.

Trade sources said that there are increasing rejection of Indian shrimp due to the presence of antibiotics like nitrofurans and metabolites, AOZ and chloramphenicol.

The European Commission (EC) is also believed to be banning factories whose products have been rejected.

"While the commission has not taken any official action yet (the issue does not appear on any EU agendas), the future of Indian aquaculture imports is looking bleak,” pointed out from the Directorate-General Health and Food Safety.

Meanwhile, it was known that an advisor of Seafish, which represents the UK seafood industry, wrote to the importers expressing their serious concern about the continuing finds of antibiotics in Indian shrimp and dissatisfaction with the response so far of the Indian authorities.