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Bangladeshi shrimp nitrofuran free

Bangladesh has lifted its self-imposed shrimp export ban, which was based on earlier prohibitied use of nitrofuran on farms.

Bangladesh has resumed export of frozen shrimps to the European Union following a self-imposed ban of eight months, exporters said yesterday.
The Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA) imposed the ban in May last year to remove the antibiotic nitrofuran, detected by European importers.
"Fresh consignments of nitrofuran-free shrimps have already started reaching the EU market," Abul Bashar, a senior BFFEA official told Reuters.
The ban was lifted after the BFFEA confirmed that shrimps produced in Bangladesh no longer contained nitrofuran.
Its use has been banned completely and the industry will be monitored to ensure that the drug is no longer used by farmers in fish feed to fatten the freshwater prawn, Bashar said.
The EU imports shrimps, mostly whitewater prawns, worth $250 million annually from Bangladesh.

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