Japan relaxes inspection norms for Indian Black Tiger shrimps

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In a big relief to exporters, the inspection of Indian Black Tiger shrimps has been lifted by Japan after the consignments were found totally free from any residue of the anti-bacterial drug furazolidone.

However, the item would only be subject to the regular internal monitoring plan, which is compulsory for all the food items distributed in the island country.

“Since there were no detections of furazolidone in further export consignments of farmed Black Tiger shrimp from India, Japan decided to provide complete relaxation in inspection of import sampling frequency,” the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) and Export Inspection Council of India said in a statement.

Generally known as the giant tiger prawn or Asian Tiger shrimp, it is an important segment of India’s marine products export basket. In the April-September period of FY21, India exported over $41 million of Black Tiger shrimps of which around $21 million was exported to Japan.