A Clean Bill of Health For Prawns and Shrimp

prawns and shrimp

According to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, veterinary drugs must be absent from foods like prawns and shrimp. There is no exception to this rule. Reports this month show that no veterinary drugs have been detected in all samples presented. It’s a sign of good faith.

The search included monitoring for the residue of substances like amphenicols or nitrofurans. These are hazardous but were found in foreign samples. 

Nones of these have been found in shrimp or prawns recently examined. 

The concerns came from an alarming claim that the US Food and Drug Administration made concerning Malaysian food products. The agency suggested that it traced banned antibiotics in prawns and shrimp. The tested samples were samples entering the USA and for consumption. 

Hence, the industry has been on edge. 

The traces claimed to have been detected were chloramphenicol and nitrofurans.

Today’s news show that new samples of these crustaceans are absent of veterinary drugs. Good news for the industry. Surely. The AVA in Singapore says that it has routine surveillance that monitors all shipments of prawns and shrimp.

This can be a safe warning to be cautious of these types of foods coming in from Malaysia. Agencies show that samples are now safe, but safety should also be taken by your household. The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority does now run it’s own tests.

This is in order to be compliance with food safety, standards and requirements. 

There were 16 tonnes of these foods imported into Singapore last year, and another 91,000 tonnes came from Malaysia in the same calender year.

The type of antibiotics that were found in the shrimp and prawn samples from Malaysia are considered highly toxic for human consumption. Health issues would arise as a result. The end result is death for those who come in contact with the drugs.