Illegal veterinary drug marker Semicarbazide occurs naturally in crustaceans

Symposium on developments of Bangladesh food safety and security measures and global harmonisation of antibiotic use in animal husbandry.
Date: Wednesday 24th of November 2010
Venue: Academy Palace, Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

SIPA, the Seafood Importers and Processors Alliance, organized together with the Department of Fisheries of Bangladesh and ASEM Aquaculture Platform a symposium on the improvements of food quality control systems in Bangladesh.

In the aftermath of a series of Rapid Alerts for contamination with SEM (Semicarbazide) of shipments of shrimp form Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government has improved its quality control systems and scientific studies were commissioned to understand the nature of the contamination incidences. Two separate studies were performed, one with with support of SIPA on the natural presence of illegal antibiotic markers in crustaceans and an independent research program was conducted by the University of Belfast in wild caught Giant freshwater shrimps. The SIPA supported programme was performed by Ghent University in laboratory grown shrimps and in wild caught crustaceans.

The objective of this symposium is to present this government-to-business cooperation and highlight recent findings on the presence and detection of SEM that has recently raised some controversy in trade relations with Europe. The new scientific insights could lead to a better image of the Bangladeshi export shrimps after all of the negative attention it has received due to the Rapid Alert System of the Community.

The symposium was attended by representatives of from major European importers, producers and governmental agencies from Bangladesh and Thailand, EC DG SANCO & DG Mare (attendance list to be inserted).

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