Antibiotics found in some of the world’s rivers exceed ‘safe’ levels, global study finds – News and events, The University of York

A concern for Bangladeshi freshwater prawn and even shrimp farmers?

Actually a worry for market consumers, exporters and importers.

Recalls have happened in past and EU monitoring has led to bans.


Customers at risk due to ‘confusing’ allergen labelling

Here I am wondering that while we don’t have this problem with shrimp – as they are considered allergens already – would restaurants and food handlers with shrimp on menu just blanket allergen label all food in mitigation to cover potential cross contamination?

Catalytic antimicrobial robots for biofilm eradication.

Biofilms are an emerging issue in shrimp processing and in production systems. They can harbor antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria. Methods to control and eradicate need to be looked at.

All this bio-security and AMR talk when bacteria are just flying around the globe….as the Daleks said “Resistance is futile”…

But shrimp/prawn industry can lead the food industry and support public health programs by promoting that our offerings in the prawn sector have shrimply the best food safety and defense guidance…..

“Wash hands after handling and cook raw shrimp fully before eating”.

Link here

Australian import of SPF Monodon disallowed – rightly so

Agree totally with ACPF submission on their review of

‘Environmental Assessment Report – Import of Specific Pathogen Free Penaeus Monodon Into Australia’

Specifically that the importation of live P. monodon from countries with past disease outbreaks is seen as a risky venture.

The QSIA report “the List of Specimens taken to be Suitable for Live Import (Live Import List) in the Australia Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to include specific pathogen free (SPF) black tiger prawns Penaeus monodon for the purposes of prawn aquaculture development.”

The proposal specifically intends to:

  • import live Penaeus monodon broodstock from certified disease free hatcheries in Thailand or Hawaii into an Australian quarantine facility (never to leave the facility).
  • the next generation be moved, after testing, to hatcheries and/or farms for grow out as commercial stock.

Seen from a bio-security angle this is the type of thinking from within the industry.

Agree totally with also with ACPF needing some sort of confidence building about bio-security.

The above does not go far enough….the two points require commenting on:

  • if Australian quarantine facility why the need for certified free? Is that for some sort of genetic advantage?
  • next generation better never to leave a quarantined, bio-secure facility until harvested and preferably value added (cooked). Containment over exclusion and limitation.

So can a new proposal be made based around RAS technology – which is also more land and environment friendly, that can also be true organic, even bio-diverse, urban and technologically advanced:

“the List of Specimens taken to be Suitable for Live Import (Live Import List) in the Australia Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to include black tiger prawns Penaeus monodon for the purposes of prawn aquaculture development. The proposal specifically intends to:

  • import live Penaeus monodon broodstock from any source into an Australian quarantine facility (never to leave the facility); and
  • the next generation be kept in a quarantine facility (never to leave the facility) for grow out as commercial stock.
  • commercial stock for human consumption will be harvested and sterilized to a value added offering prior to leaving chain-of-custody facility”

GAA have got it wrong. Undercurrent News broadcasting perpetuates bad shrimp publicity..

Terrible piece of reporting by Undercurrent News yesterday about the AMR report out of Canada which I blog posted on four days ago

Just the title of the piece broadcasts the issue in the wrong light and gets the wrong message out.

“GAA stresses shrimp antimicrobial resistance in Canada is not a food safety issue” – this is not about antimicrobial resistance in shrimp, which is an issue with antibiotics used in culture. This is all about a report in Canada about imported shrimp from aquaculture being carriers of “superbugs” with antimicrobial resistance. Regardless of where they came from in supply chain.

GAA pushes this as a human health issue but, sorry, if the food is going to possibly give you a dangerous bug, when not properly handled or cooked, then yes it is an issue of food safety. Food safety IS a public health issue. Especially in the eye of Joe public who expect to be covered by suppliers. It opens up the case for people to dump more unfounded crap on the industry and also opens up the way for litigation.

Having taken on food safety under the BAP certification (unlike ASC where food safety is not part of the certification) one must be ready to be responsible in food safety assurance, insurance and liability on recalls.

SO – as GAA/BAP has end consumer labels and offers food safety certification it has to be ready for USA picking up on this issue highlighted in Canada. Food safety is of big concern in US retailers with recalls and litigation big business.

Of course, out of an abundance of caution (shades of recent USA stance re Boeing Max 8?), then, as I suggested in my blog, perhaps mandatory labeling on all raw shrimp entering USA regarding cooking would be a good preventative measure and insurance policy. “Wash hands after handling. Cook before eating.” It would also be a good common sense food safety protocol.

I wonder if maybe the Global Aquaculture Alliance should have just stuck to the “aquaculture” and upstream bit? While I was developing and implementing the HACCP system for shrimp back in the 1990’s it was pretty plain to see that aquaculture stopped at the processing for markets where food handling and food safety took over.

Maybe George Chamberlain would have been better not commenting immediately. What advice was taken? Were legal opinions sought? Is he a food safety expert?

Trying to fob it off and pass it off as a human health issue and that the CBC is lacking in scientific evidence is not public relations friendly.

Also comments like the following do nothing to support the industry:
“In this case, the resistant bacteria might have originated from the estuarine water used to fill the shrimp ponds”….

….oh yeah I read this and then think (blowing it out of all proportions is what media can do) yes, it is true, aquaculture experts also say shrimp are grown in cesspools full of resistant human life threatening bacteria…

So will new technologies be needed. Promotes RAS perhaps?

In the rush to respond was fuel put on the fire while maybe shooting yourself in the foot? Or maybe others in industry….

Maybe would have been better to just say, yes, we are addressing this by making sure appropriate labeling is incorporated into our standards…