To our valued customers:
We have been notified by the National Fisheries Institute that ABC World News with Diane Sawyer will air a report this evening focusing on the testing of imported shrimp for unapproved antibiotics. It is believed that the test results provided on the broadcast will reflect that shrimp samples collected at various grocery stores in New York and Washington D.C. contained unapproved antibiotics at various levels of concentrations.
Please be assured that Orca Bay Seafood’s Inc. strictly adheres to the FDA policy of zero tolerance for unapproved antibiotics and fungicides used in aquaculture operations. In accordance with HACCP importer guidelines we require annual letters of guarantee on file from our aquaculture suppliers confirming they are in complete compliance with the FDA’s Fish and Fishery Products Hazards and Controls Guidance (4th Edition). This includes FDA’s zero tolerance policy for unapproved antibiotics and fungicides.
Although we are only required by the FDA to conduct periodic testing, Orca Bay has voluntarily elected to test 100% of all imported shipments. Beginning in 2008 we contracted with SGS a globally accredited 3rd party inspection firm to test our products prior to shipment to the United States. Depending upon the species we follow the FDA Import Alert Guidelines and test for: histamine, mercury, microbiological levels, unapproved aquaculture antibiotics and fungicides.
Please feel free to contact Orca Bay should you have any further questions or concerns.