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FDA, U. of Md. train Bangladeshis on aquaculture safety

Seafood safety experts from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the University of Maryland Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) are training 10 scientists from Bangladesh on how to eliminate health hazards from aquaculture – the controlled production of seafood, much of which is exported to the United States.


The trainees are among a group that participated in a Good Aquacultural Practices (GAqPs) train-the-trainer program in Khulna, Bangladesh, in November 2009 and who are committed to furthering their country’s ability to further improve aquaculture safety there over the next five years. 


The training, by experts from the FDA and JIFSAN was occurring Sept. 15-18, 2010, at College Park, Md., and from Sept. 20-24, 2010, at university facilities in Princess Anne, Md., and Cambridge, Md. The emphasis is on hazards associated with shrimp production and on FDA regulations regarding safety of seafood imports.

“Collaborating with other countries in this way not only helps to improve the quality and safety of their domestic product, but also what they export to the United States and other countries around the world,” said FDA Deputy Commissioner for International Programs, Murray M. Lumpkin, M.D.

The training will include lectures, demonstrations, site visits, and workgroup activities. Using a “train-the-trainer” model, those who successfully complete this and subsequent training programs will be qualified as trainers in Bangladesh.

Aquaculture is the production of aquatic life such as shrimp, fish and plants under controlled conditions for all or part of their life cycle. Over the past 20 years, the aquaculture industry has grown by more than 11 percent each year. It is now the fastest-growing segment of agriculture worldwide, accounting for 52 percent of all fish produced. In the United States, about 85 percent of the seafood consumed is imported from more than 50 different countries. Of that amount, 40 percent comes from aquaculture operations, the other 60 percent from wild harvest.

This training program was developed by a team of seafood specialists in 2006 and began in Vietnam that same year. Since then, the program has been conducted in Thailand, Indonesia, Bangladesh and, most recently, Malaysia. This training follows the March 22, 2010, Agreement of Cooperation between the University and the Bangladesh Shrimp and Fish Foundation (BSFF). The next Bangladesh train-the-trainer program is scheduled to take place Nov. 7-11, 2010.

USDA NEWS

Foreign Agricultural Trade of the United States(FATUS):Monthly Summery From USDA News www.usda.gov

 Latest U.S. Agricultural Trade Data

USDA has summarized the latest U.S. agricultural trade statistics in the following table, using the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

U.S. agricultural trade 1/, fiscal years, calendar years, year-to-date, and current month

Fiscal years 2/

Fiscal year-to-date

July

2006

2007

2008

2009

2009

2010

2010

Billion dollars

Agricultural exports

68.593

82.217

115.305

96.632

81.741

91.438

7.934

Agricultural imports

64.026

70.063

79.320

73.418

62.425

65.733

6.621

 

Trade balance 3/

4.566

12.154

35.985

23.215

19.316

25.705

1.313

 

Calendar years

Calendar year-to-date

July

2006

2007

2008

2009

2009

2010

2010

Billion dollars

Agricultural exports

70.948

89.990

115.278

98.611

53.615

61.275

7.934

Agricultural imports

65.326

71.913

80.488

71.699

42.547

47.578

6.621

Trade balance 3/

5.622

18.077

34.790

26.912

11.068

13.697

1.313


1/ USDA defines agriculture to include: live animals, meat, and products of livestock, poultry, and dairy; hides and skins (but not leather products); animal fats and greases; food and feed grains and grain products; oilseeds and oilseed products; fruits, nuts, and vegetables and products of these; juices, wine, and malt beverages (not distilled spirits); essential oils; planting seeds; raw cotton, wool, and other fibers (not manufactured products of these); unmanufactured tobacco (not manufactured tobacco products); sugar and sugar products; coffee, cocoa, tea, and products of these; rubber and allied products; and stock for nurseries and greenhouses, spices, and crude or natural drugs. Fish, shellfish, and forestry products are not included in “agriculture.”
2/ October 1 of previous year through September 30 of current year.
3/ Exports minus imports.
Data are not seasonally adjusted. Totals for 2007 revised to incorporate annual revisions by Bureau of Census.
Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, using data summed from the Bureau of Census, U.S. Department of Commerce.

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