Shrimp testingThis article was originally published in Foodnews
JAPAN’s Food and Safety Authority has decided to impose compulsory testing for the anti-oxidant ethoxyquin in shrimp consignments from India. This follows the rejection of a large number of shrimp consignments from India (FOODNEWS passim) . Japan has set a limit of 0.01 parts per million (ppm) for the substance. Raju Joseph, deputy director of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), has said that such a limit “is not based on any scientific studies nationally or internationally”. India has also pointed out that there are no international standard or minimum residue limits fixed for ethoxyquin in shrimps as there is insufficient scientific evidence to show it is dangerous to human health. Ethoxyquin is a popular and effective anti-oxidant, and finds its way into the shrimp through the feed.