The American Shrimp Company Works Tirelessly to Ensure the Safety and Sustainability of Our Wild Caught American Shrimp
Over 90% of the Shrimp that Americans Buy is Imported
Americans buy shrimp often. China and Thailand are America’s top foreign sources of shrimp. Fully 1/3 of the shrimp the U.S. imports comes from Thailand, and over 80 % of those shrimp are farmed. Ecuador, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Vietnam, Malaysia and India provide nearly 90 percent of America’s shrimp. Interestingly, Ecuador’s shrimp industry exists almost entirely to supply U.S. demand, with over 93 percent of its shrimp coming up north to the U.S. The vast majority of those shrimp, over 90%, are farmed.
Less Than 2% is Inspected by the Food and Drug Administration
Due to regulatory oversight and employment resourcing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is only able to inspect less than 2 percent of shrimp that’s imported into the United States. This means that we buy shrimp and are eating farm-raised shrimp that contain antibiotic-resistant bacteria, antibiotics and pesticide residues. Shrimp is the most popular seafood in the United States. Americans collectively consume more than 1 billion pounds of shrimp every year. Americans eat, on average, nearly 4 pounds of shrimp per person each year, and the amount is increasing. With all this foreign seafood ending up on American plates, the percentage that gets inspected by the Food and Drug Administration, one of the main bodies overseeing seafood imports, is relatively low: between 1% and 2%. The top imported species of seafood is shrimp and has the most shipments refused by the United States, according to an analysis of FDA inspection data by the Investigative News Network. The data showed that from 2002 through 2012, 4,171 shipments of shrimp were turned away. Indonesia had the most rejected shipments of shrimp, while India came in second for rejected shrimp. Some of the main reasons given for rejecting seafood were nutritional mislabeling, filth and decomposition, pesticide residues, salmonella and E. Coli.
The Majority of the Shrimp You Buy is Farmed
When you buy shrimp the origins should be taken into consideration. Foreign shrimp farming is responsible for the destruction of 70 percent of Ecuador’s mangroves. Farming practices in other countries range from bad to worse, but there’s no real way for consumers to tell whether shrimp from any particular country was farmed sustainably or not. In order to export large quantities of shrimp, shrimp farm operators stock their ponds to produce as much as 89,000 pounds of shrimp per acre. For a different perspective, that’s roughly 4.25 shrimp per square inch for a 50/60 count per pound package of shrimp. Because the water is overcrowded with shrimp, it’s quickly polluted with waste, which can infect the shrimp with disease and parasites. In order to solve this problem, shrimp farmers in Asia and South or Central America use large quantities of antibiotics, disinfectants and pesticides that are illegal for use in the U.S. The conditions have become so poor that reports show failure rates in shrimp farming as high as 70% to 80%. Shrimp disease outbreak has become a prominent and growing concern for shrimp farmers, and as a result, farmers increasingly rely on chemicals that are direct sources of pollution to the shrimp and environment.
Imported Shrimp Contain Antibiotic Drugs and Illegal Chemicals
Most of the shrimp that Americans eat originate from places without restrictions on illegal contaminants, such as dioxins, PCBs and other banned chemicals. Most people buy shrimp and have no clue about the dangers of foreign shrimp processing practices. In an effort to destroy the pathogenic bacteria that plague shrimp farms, the shrimp are given daily doses of antibiotics. The most common antibiotics given include oxytetracycline and ciprofloxacin, both of which are used to treat human infections and can increase the risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials found the presence of 47 antibiotics in U.S.-purchased shrimp Farm-raised seafood has also been shown to contain significantly elevated rates of chemicals and contaminants detrimental to human health. Common chemicals found in shrimp farms include: Organophosphates contain carbaryl and have been linked to memory loss, headaches and are toxic to the nervous system. Malachite Green is an antifungal agent used on shrimp eggs that’s been linked to cancerous tumors. Rotenone is used to kill off fish living in the pond before it’s stocked with young shrimp. If inhaled, rotenone can cause respiratory paralysis. Organotin compounds are used by shrimp farms to shock the ponds and kill mollusks before stocking with shrimp. These chemicals mimic estrogen and alter the hormonal system, predisposing consumers to obesity. All but one of the pesticides used globally in shrimp production are banned in the United States. Only a diluted form of formaldehyde, called formalin, is approved for U.S. shrimp farms.
Shrimp Farming Destroys the Earth
Shrimp farming has proved to be fatal to fish. It routinely takes up to three pounds of wild-caught fish to feed and produce a single pound of farmed shrimp, which has caused fish populations to plummet. Farming shrimp is also detrimental to the coastal lowlands that are used to create overpopulated fish ponds. According to research published in Environmental Management in 2001, approximately 2.5 million to 3.75 million acres of coastal lowlands have been converted into shrimp ponds, comprising mainly salt flats, mangrove areas, marshes and agricultural land. The impact of shrimp farming of most concern is the destruction of mangroves and salt marshes for pond construction. According to the World Wildlife Fund, these mangroves are vital for wildlife and coastal fisheries and serve as buffers to the effects of storms. Their loss has destabilized entire coastal zones, with negative effects on coastal communities. On average, an intensive shrimp operation only lasts for seven years before the level of pollution and pathogens within the pond reaches a point where shrimp can no longer survive. The abandonment of shrimp ponds is due to either drastic, disease-caused collapses or more gradual, year-to-year reductions in the productivity of the pond. The major issue here is that the chemical inputs and waste from farming ponds are often released directly into the natural environment without any treatment, even in the case of shrimp disease outbreaks. This is a direct source of contamination to soil, rivers and coastal habitats. When you buy shrimp you must verify that it is wild caught domestically in the U. S. It’s the only way to ensure that you’re not contributing to unsafe foreign shrimp farming practices.
Foreign Shrimp has been linked to Unethical Labor Practices
An Associated Press investigation uncovered a slavery network in Thailand dedicated to peeling shrimp sold around the world. Americans unknowingly buy shrimp from these operations. The investigation found that shrimp peeled by modern-day slaves is reaching the U.S., Europe and Asia. Hundreds of shrimp peeling sheds are hidden in plain sight on residential streets or behind walls with no signs in a port town an hour outside of Bangkok. The AP found that one factory was enslaving dozens of workers and runaway migrants in the sheds, which held 50–100 people, and many were locked inside. U.S. Customs records show that the shrimp made its way into the supply chains of major U.S. food stores, retailers and restaurants. AP reporters went to supermarkets in all 50 states and found shrimp products from supply chains tainted with forced labor. The below image was taken during an investigation.
The American Shrimp Company is Committed to the Advancement of Human Rights and Environmental Sustainability.
In order for The American Shrimp Company to become an industry leader. We must first lead by example
The American Shrimp Company has developed strategic partnerships with top logistic companies to ensure affordable shipping that’s environmentally friendly and results in a significant reduction in our carbon foot print. Buy shrimp from us with confidence in knowing the we support a sustainable and renewable ecosystem while also being able to provide on time deliveries, guaranteed freshness and an amazingly great tasting Wild Caught American Shrimp.
The American Shrimp Company utilizes Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) & Turtle Excluder Devices (TED). Technologically, a BRD is an opening in the shrimp net to allow finfish or other aquatic animals to exit while the target species of shrimp is directed towards the tail bag. Furthermore, we adhere to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act which is the primary law governing marine fisheries management in U.S. federal waters. In addition, we work closely with non-profit organizations to better develop and enact best practices for the future conservation of marine life.
The American Shrimp Company has partnered with the developers of Green Cell Foam to further advance our environmentally sustainable activities. When you buy shrimp from us all orders are shipped with Green Cell Foam. Green Cell Foam requires 70% less energy and produces 80% less greenhouse gases than petroleum based foams. The primary raw materials are U. S. grown, made from high grade non-GMO cornstarch, biodegradable and compostable.
We are continuously working towards becoming a more sustainable company. We’ll never stop learning, building lasting relationships and looking forward. Being a sustainable business means anticipating our customers expectations, supporting our employees and partners and strategically advancing with positive environmental impact.
The American Shrimp Company works closely with a myriad of organizations to further develop strategic partnerships which are an integral part of our strategic plan. We know that our success is achieved only by implementing and executing our goals and sustainable best practices. By utilizing technological innovations, evaluating environmental impact, advancing corporate safety initiatives and championing community relations activities, The American Shrimp Company understands that how we conduct business is of equal importance to our results.
Our 100% Wild Caught American Shrimp are harvested from pristine U.S. coastal waters. Our shrimp are hand processed in a Safe Quality Food Certified Facility in the U.S. We proudly support and promote workplace diversity and are an equal opportunity provider and employer. When you buy shrimp from The American Shrimp Company your supporting American jobs. We support workforce commission initiatives and maintain 100% of our production in gratitude of hardworking American’s just like you.