Prawnmaster was under the impression from IDH Shrimp Tails reporting that these logistics practices had stopped in Holland with the automatic peelers with processing aids for locally caught brown shrimp.
Stats…the final breakdown…
2019 report on 2018 data
Here it is:
Import total EU 9.4 mmt of which majors are :
Whitefish 4.2 mmt
Tuna 1.2 mmt
Shrimp 0.9 mmt
E.U. consumption climbed to almost 12.9 million metric tons (MT) in 2018, equating to 25.1 kilograms per capita. It also calculated that 62.5 percent of the seafood products eaten by Europeans that year were imported.
For those in biz.
Official Controls Regulation – tomorrow 14th December 2019
Animal Health Regulation – 21st April 2021
No smuggling involved….but mirrors the findings on wild Canadian salmon last year with traces of 70 different man made drugs and pharmaceuticals found.
Here it is freshwater shrimp in UK carrying cocaine and ketamine……
Picture on Daily Mirror is disturbing. It is of a farmed tropical shrimp.
Thanks to Nelson Gerundo at Shrimp Yahoo Group for pointing out below…
The original source of this BBC News Article was from the published research work of Thomas H. Miller, King Tiong Ng, Samuel T. Bury, Sophie E. Bury, Nicolas R. Bury, and Leon P. Barron on the pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs in freshwater invertebrate to estimate toxic or effect pressure. (Accepted on April 17, 2019, and published online on May 1, 2019)
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412019307160 (as cited by Palko Karasz of New York Times, May 1, 2019)
The shrimp referred in the news was Gammarus pulex (Linnaeus 1758)… a species of freshwater amphipod crustacean common in Europe.
Concern is that it is not a species Penaeid shrimp as inserted in the news provided by the Mirror (Tom Davidson, May 1, 2019) which might be confusing to the EU public shrimp consumers.