Ecuador wel­comes shrimp mon­i­tor­ing

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ECUADOR has wel­comed the in­clu­sion of shrimp into the US Seafood Im­port Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gramme, af­ter the pass­ing of leg­is­la­tion. José An­to­nio Cam­posano, ex­ec­u­tive pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Cham­ber of Aqua­cul­ture of Ecuador, said: ‘We are very pleased to see the an­nounce­ment that shrimp will be added to the US mon­i­tor­ing pro­gramme, as we firmly be­lieve it’s time for re­spon­si­ble pro­duc­ers to stand up in favour of strong stan­dards and im­proved trace­abil­ity in the seafood in­dus­try.

‘All con­sumers de­serve ac­cess to the high­est qual­ity prod­ucts and through this pro­gramme, US con­sumers will have im­proved knowl­edge and ac­cess to shrimp pro­duced to the high­est en­vi­ron­men­tal and so­cial stan­dards.’

Cam­posano said that the shrimp sec­tor in Ecuador is lead­ing a new an­tibi­otic-free ini­tia­tive which will fur­ther im­prove the re­gion’s po­si­tion as a provider of pre­mium shrimp. Some 91 per cent of seafood con­sump­tion in the US comes from im­ported prod­ucts, 25 per cent of which is shrimp.

Ecuador is the third largest shrimp sup­plier to the US and the main sup­plier to the Euro­pean Union. It also ex­ports large quan­ti­ties to Asian mar­kets.

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