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GOAL 2020: slide decks from Day 0 and Day 1  (6 & 7 October)

Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Day 0 GAA Stakeholder Update Wally Stevens,George Chamberlain,Molly Jacques,Elise Avallon,Devan Meserve Day 1 Farmed Shrimp Production Forecast Gorjan Nikolik Farmed Finfish Production Forecast Gorjan Nikolik Homegrown Shrimp’s ‘Aquaculture 5.0’ Shrimp-Farming Model Robins McIntosh Emergence of New Sea-Based Closed-Containment Systems for Salmon Aquaculture Ragnar Tveterås SalMar’s ‘Ocean Farm 2’ Offshore Salmon Farm...
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Free access to Day 1 of GOAL 2020

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Dear Member, I am happy to announce that thanks to SIPA’s new strategic partnership with the Global Aquaculture Alliance, as a SIPA Member you will have free access to Day 1 of the virtual GOAL 2020 Conference on 6 October 2020. To take advantage of our free access to Day...
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EU Vietnam Free Trade Agreement - EUR-1 certificates

Monday, August 31, 2020
The EUR-1 certificates to follow Vietnamese consignments to the EU should legally be green colored, but due to technical printing problems they are rather blue, and thus not acceptable in the EU – however the EU TAXUD has granted a grace period in which the blue colored are accepted. The...
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Update of list of countries applying the Registered Exporter System (REX)

Thursday, July 9, 2020
GSP: The transition period for the application of the REX system has been extended to 31 December 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic for Bangladesh, Indonesia and Philippines. https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/calculation-customs-duties/rules-origin/general-aspects-preferential-origin/arrangements-list/generalised-system-preferences/the_register_exporter_system_en
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Analysis of the current P. vannamei situation (22 June 2020) by Willem van der Pijl (Shrimp Insights)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Analysis of the current P. vannamei situation (22 June 2020) by Willem van der Pijl (Shrimp Insights): China’s imports are flat or slightly down.US imports in 2020 have so far outperformed 2019 every month, even in April (+6%).Europe’s imports, particularly Italy (-95%), dropped significantly from April onward.Prices at origin may...
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Article on combating seafood fraud by Evelyne Nusalim

Monday, June 8, 2020
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Evelyne Nusalim, Executive Director of the Indonesian Food Safety Institute, has written an article in Infofish International entitled Achieving Sustainability in Food Safety: an Ethical Code as Corporate Social Responsibility? In it she discusses the EU regulations on water addition, and she also calls upon food businesses to establish a...
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General Assembly 2020: 26 May at 15.30 CET/Brussels time

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Dear SIPA Member, The original announcement for our General Assembly was sent out on 27 April, along with the associated documents. Please also check your email for a message dated 18 May containing the link for the General Assembly webinar. If you have not received any of the above messages, please get in touch with me...
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Resorcinol/4-hexylresorcinol confusion

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Some crustacean processors are being encouraged to reject Nephrops and shrimps that have been dipped in Xyrex Prawnfresh or Everfresh because these products contain 4-hexylresorcinol (E586). They are being told that the additive has endocrine disruptive properties and is being investigated by ANSES and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). 4-Hexylresorcinol is a permitted...
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Ice water treatment impacts on peeling time, meat quality of Pacific white shrimp

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
The Global Aquaculture Advocate contains the summary of a study on ice water treatment of Litopenaeus vannamei shrimp. It concludes that treating the shrimp for 8 hours with an ice/water slurry significantly simplifies manual shell removal while maintaining meat yield. You can read the article here: https://www.aquaculturealliance.org/advocate/ice-water-treatment-impacts-on-peeling-time-meat-quality-of-pacific-white-shrimp/
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SIPA Board Meeting 13 February 2020

Friday, February 21, 2020
The SIPA Board met on Thursday 13 February in Brussels. Issues that were discussed during the Board Meeting included: Ongoing SIPA projects (gross weight indications and short weight survey); Potential new maximum residue limits (MRLs) for quaternary ammonium compounds, which could potentially affect the ability of processing businesses to control...
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Drinking Water Directive recast: provisional text

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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On 5 February 2020 the Council’s Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER) confirmed the provisional agreement reached on 18 December on the recast of the EU Drinking Water Directive (Directive 98/83). The provisional text is attached along with the press release issued by the Council. For Annex 1 part B (Chemical parameters) the...
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Response from the European Commission on RASFFs relating to chlorate in seafood

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
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We have now received a reply to the letter on chlorate that we sent to the European Commission. In our letter of 28 November 2019 we requested clarification of the legal situation with chlorate in seafood. We have received a reply from the Head of Food and Feed Safety (Pesticides and Biocides). The...
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Ethoxyquin: transitional measures come to an end on 31 March 2020

Friday, January 24, 2020
The use of ethoxyquin (EQ) as an additive of feed intended for aquaculture will be illegal from 1 April 2020. Such feed may be continue to be used for another three months after this date i.e. until 30 June 2020. Anyone farming fish outside the EU should be aware that feed containing EQ continues to be legal in many...
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Expert Group discusses proposed amendments to Regulation 853/2004: fish holds, meltwater drainage etc.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Some possible amendments to Regulation 853/2004 were discussed by the Expert group on food hygiene and control of food of animal origin on 11 December 2019 https://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupMeeting&meetingId=18572. I don’t think we had seen the proposed wording before. They concern provisions to eliminate the dual use of fish holds, clearer rules concerning freezer vessels...
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Extension to the use of TRACES Classic for products of animal origin beyond 14 December 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019
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The European Commission has advised the competent authorities of all EU member states that the CVED-P module in TRACES Classic will remain available for completing the common veterinary entry document for consignments of products of animal origin. This temporary arrangement will remain in place at least until the fourth week...
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SIPA response (via FRUCOM) to consultations on draft Implementing Regulations relating to the Official Controls Regulation 2017/625

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
SIPA contributed to FRUCOM’s response to the public consultation on the draft regulation on detailed rules on the operations to be carried out during and after documentary checks, identity checks and physical checks. FRUCOM’s response can be seen here. The draft regulation provides information on the number of packages to be...
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Import of shrimps from India

Sunday, July 28, 2019
It surprised us in Denmark that the EU Commission from 2016 has put in place mandatory test (in EU border posts) of consignments of shrimps from Indian exporters when one test for veterinary residues from that exporter failed passing the test. This is not the 50 pct. control of consignments...
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GOAL 2019 registration instructions and discount code

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Registration for GAA’s GOAL 2019 Conference is now open. As a SIPA member you are eligible for a 25% discount on the registration fee. Use the discount code 25SIPA on registration. Registration instructions are on the GOAL webpage: https://www.aquaculturealliance.org/goal/. Please note that you will need to set up a free GAA user...
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Carbon monoxide in barramundi from Taiwan

Friday, May 24, 2019
The Australian authorities have reported several cases of carbon monoxide (CO) contamination of frozen barramundi fillets. The Australian ‘Failing Food Reports‘ of February and March 2019 reported a total of seven findings of carbon monoxide in barramundi fillets. All the barramundi came from Liang Shing Frozen Seafoods Company Limited of Taiwan....
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Extra vigilance on seafood from Malta

Monday, April 29, 2019
The Maltese authorities are advising Member States to be vigilant regarding fishery products originating from Malta and ensure that they are coming from approved establishments present in the official list as published by the Maltese Ministry of Agriculture. The official note states: “Following an audit carried out in Malta from 05 to...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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