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Letter to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs Food and Drug Administration

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Letter to Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Food and Drug Administration

Governor Bobby Jindal Issues Letter to FDA on Health Risks of Foreign Imported Shrimp

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal issued the following letter to the Food and Drug Administration on the potential health and safety hazards of foreign imported shrimp, requesting the situation be addressed on the federal level:

September 4, 2009

Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg,
Commissioner of Food and Drugs
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002

Dear Commissioner Hamburg:

I write to express my serious concern regarding the potential safety hazards associated with foreign shrimp products currently being imported into the United States. It is my understanding that continued expansion of foreign product importation without a proportionate or additional expansion of health and safety inspection guidelines and enforcement practices poses an ongoing risk to the ultimate consumer.

The possible presence of contaminants, additives and antibiotic-resistant organisms in such foreign product is alarming. Therefore, I strongly urge the Food and Drug Administration to promptly implement an increase in sampling and other enforcement practices.

My administration is exploring feasible solutions to immediately address the health concerns associated with foreign shrimp entering Louisiana. I would respectfully request that such efforts be made at the federal level.

Sincerely,

Bobby Jindal
Governor


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