SIPA messages


Global Shrimp Forum 2022, 6-8 September, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Below is a message from Willem van der Pijl on the Global Shrimp Forum, 6-8 September 2022, Utrecht, The Netherlands: Early-Bird Registration for The Global Shrimp Forum has been extended to 15th May! Do you wanna join our sponsors and speakers for 2,5 days full of content and meetings?! Be...

Invitation to the Seafish pavilion: 'Meet the Buyer' event

Tuesday, April 19, 2022
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SIPA members are invited to a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event at the Seafish pavilion between 14.00 and 19.00 on Tuesday 26 April at stand 2I601. The exhibitors at the Seafish pavilion are: Edwin Jenkinson Shellfish Blue Sea Food Company C&N Chambers Ocean Fish Hilton Seafood UK For more information about...

Seafood Expo Global 2022: Meeting Room available to members after the General Assembly

Friday, April 8, 2022
Dear SIPA member, After our General Assembly on 27 April, the meeting room will remain available for the use of SIPA members for the remainder of the day (until 16.00). You’re welcome to use it for your private meetings. The room is Meeting Room 3.13 in Conference Centre 3. I...

Invitation to the GSA event and luncheon at SEG, 27 April 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has invited all SIPA members to attend their Stakeholder Update & Luncheon at Seafood Expo Global at 11am on Wednesday, 27 April. The meeting will be held at the Fira de Barcelona in Room CC4.2, which is located between Hall 4 and Hall 3, not far from...

Announcement of the 2022 SIPA General Assembly, 27 April 2022

Wednesday, April 6, 2022
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Dear SIPA Member,   You are invited to attend the 2022 SIPA General Assembly, which will be held in person at the Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona Conference Centre 3 (CC3), meeting room 3.13 at 09:00 on Wednesday 27 April 2022. The agenda, the 2021 accounts and the proposed 2022...

The 2022 SIPA General Assembly at Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona

Thursday, March 17, 2022
Dear SIPA Member,   We are working hard to ensure that the next SIPA General Assembly can be held in person at the Seafood Expo Global in Barcelona. Before coronavirus forced us online, we always met on the Wednesday of the Seafood Expo at 9am, and that is what are...

FRUCOM Newsletter, 07/03/2022: updates on IUU etc.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022
I hope you are aware that the weekly FRUCOM Newsletters, available to SIPA members through this website, contains updates on seafood. FRUCOM Newsletter of 07/03/2022 contains the following information: Update by the EU Commission on IUU fishing and electronic catch certification scheme Updated list of third countries for the entry...

Invitation to the AIPCE/CEP Seafood Trade Symposium, 2 December 2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
GENTLE REMINDER TO AIPCE CEP SEAFOOD TRADE SYMPOSIUM SAVE THE DATE 2 December 2021, 10.00-12.00 CET   Hope you are doing great! We would like to remind you about our session “AIPCE CEP Seafood Trade Symposium” that will take place on 2 December 2021 – 10:00-12:00 (CET) !   Not yet registered...

China: registration website scam

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
The Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (Defra) in the UK has issued a warning that a fraudulent website is asking businesses to pay up to £10000 for ‘registration’ with Chinese Customs (GACC). Businesses tend to come across the website when researching how to register with GACC in order to...

Titanium dioxide (E171) to be banned as a food additive in the EU

Sunday, October 24, 2021
Titanium dioxide (TiO2, E171) is a food colour that is permitted in some processed seafood products. The European Commission is expected to ban its use next year. Member states voted to ban its authorisation on 7 October 2021 at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and...

Message from the Korean National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
—–Original Message—–From: “SoYeon Christina Ham” <>Sent: Thursday, 7 October, 2021 10:14To: soyeon@hypers.krSubject: [PLEASE READ] REMINDER INVITATION to 2021 K-Seafood Online Expo – 1:1 Business Meeting Hello, This is SoYeon Ham from Korea who is working for National Federation of Fisheries Cooperatives, one of the biggest fishery officials in Korea. We’re...

EU Consultation on GSP

Sunday, October 3, 2021
On 22 September 2021, the European Commission published a proposal for a new Regulation on the generalised scheme of preferences (GSP). A Commission consultation on the proposal is currently open and runs until 19 November 2021.   The current GSP Regulation, based on Regulation (EU) No 978/2012, expires on 31...

Link for the 2021 General Assembly (25 May 2021, 15.30 Brussels time/14.30 London time)

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
The link below will allow you to join the GA: Or One tap mobile :Belgium: +3225884188,,92572590891# or +3227880172,,92572590891#Or Telephone:Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):Belgium: +32 2 588 4188 or +32 2 788 0172 or +32 2 788 0173 or +32 1579 5132 or +32 2...

Announcement: SIPA General Assembly 2021 on 25 May

Thursday, May 6, 2021
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The message below was sent to all SIPA members on 4 May 2021:   Dear SIPA Member,   I am inviting you to attend the 2021 SIPA General Assembly which will be held on Tuesday 25 May at 15.30 Brussels time/14.30 UK time. Just like last year, the meeting will be held...

Answers to specific questions regarding the procedure of importing goods

Monday, February 8, 2021
From FRUCOM’s Newsletter of 1 February 2021: The EU Commission and the Member States have drawn up a paper with answers to specific questions regarding the procedure of importing goods from third countries into the European Union that are subject to official controls at a border inspection post. The questions...

Webinar: Frozen Food and the Threat of SARS-CoV-2

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Hi, you might be interested in this webinar on SARS-CoV-2 on packaging and frozen food. It’s on 5 February and free to attend. Here is the link.

Tuesday 17 November, 9am: TRACEABILITY: Ensuring food safety, sustainability and transparency for consumer protection

Monday, November 16, 2020
Very late notice, but if you are interested there is this event organised by the Indonesian Food Safety Institute: You are invited to a Zoom webinar. When: Nov 17, 2020 9.00 AMSTERDAM – 15.00 JAKARTA – 16.00 KUALA LUMPUR Topic: TRACEABILITY: Ensuring food safety, sustainability and transparency  for consumer protection...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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:

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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: Please note that you will need to set up a free GAA user...

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....

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...


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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