Shrimper group boiling mad over foreign fraud

Published 1:24 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A report by the investigative arm of Congress has acknowledged that foreign companies illegally mislabeling shrimp products are not only avoiding antidumping payments, but they’re also evading food-safety laws.

The Southern Shrimp Alliance, which includes industry representatives from Louisiana and Mississippi, has voiced concerns that importers shirking the antidumping fees were also having an impact on food safety.

The study drafted by the Government Accountability Office agrees, saying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other enforcement agencies acknowledged there was a link.

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Officials say the illegal dumping of foreign shrimp below the cost of production has taken its toll on domestic shrimpers.