PERU : The National Fisheries Health Agency (SANIPES) will not issue sanitary certification for the import of live white shrimp (Penaeus vannamei) and tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon) from countries where the presence of acute hepatopancreatic necrosis disease (AHPND) has been confirmed.
The Minister of Production, Lieneke Schol, said the restriction is the result of a preventive measure to prevent the entry of the disease that causes serious losses in the production of shrimp, but it has no impact on human health.
This provision applies to the import of shrimp at any stage of their life cycle originating in China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, the Philippines and Texas (United States), places where the AHPND has been reported.
The measure will remain in force until the countries, zones and sanitary compartments affected with AHPND are again free from the disease in compliance with the conditions established by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
The decision includes shrimp that are acquired for aquaculture, reproduction, research, education, diagnostic samples, animal feed, repopulation, exhibition and decoration; as well as products and by-products of these species (fresh and frozen) and supplies for their feeding (cysts, brine shrimp biomass, polychaetes, oysters, algae and probiotics).
Minister Schol clarified that the products derived from the aforementioned species of shrimp that could be imported are those that are heat sterilized and hermetically sealed, that is to say, with heat treatment. In addition, cooked crustaceans, fish oil, fish meal and chemically extracted chitin.