Import of shrimp from India temporarily banned in Saudi Arabia

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Abdullah Al Mamun

Saudi Correspondent

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Eati Akter

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The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has issued a temporary ban on the import of shrimp from India.  The country imposed the suspension after the presence of white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) was detected in frozen shrimp products imported from India. The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture has ordered the collection of samples of all seafood products including shrimp imported through the border crossing, the authority said in a statement. Sample testing revealed the presence of the virus (WSSV) in frozen shrimp products imported from India and the authorities subsequently decided to impose a temporary ban on shrimp imports.  (SFDA) said that the ban will continue to be insufficient to ensure the safety of products imported from India.  Note that white spot syndrome is a viral infection of penaeid shrimp. The disease is highly lethal and contagious, causing rapid death of shrimp.  However, it does not pose much of a threat to human health or food safety.

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Abdullah Al Mamun

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