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MPEDA Chairman Rejects Criticism, Calls Shrimp Industry “Guilt-Free”

Dodda Venkata Swamy, chairman of India’s Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA), is pushing back against recent media reports and NGO allegations regarding labor abuses, unsanitary conditions, and food safety violations in the Indian shrimp industry.

Swamy maintains that India produces “guilt-free seafood” and boasts a “robust regulatory framework” with “stringent checks and controls” ensuring compliance with international standards. He emphasizes regular monitoring and inspections conducted by Indian authorities.

However, the claims are in stark contrast to recent reports.

  • Media Investigations: News outlets like AP News have highlighted worker exploitation, including long hours, low wages, and unsafe working conditions.
  • NGO Scrutiny: Organizations like the Corporate Accountability Lab (CAL) have released reports raising concerns about potential forced labor and environmental damage caused by shrimp farming practices.

The Need for Transparency:

While Swamy’s defense highlights India’s efforts toward regulation, the weight of recent reports necessitates further investigation. Addressing the concerns and ensuring transparent practices will be crucial to maintaining consumer trust in Indian seafood exports.

Potential Impact:

These controversies could impact the reputation of Indian shrimp in the global market. Major importers like the US, already scrutinizing labor practices, might take stricter measures if concerns are not adequately addressed.

Looking Ahead:

Independent investigations and collaboration between industry leaders, regulatory bodies, and NGOs are essential for ensuring ethical and sustainable practices in the Indian shrimp industry. Only then can India truly claim its seafood is “guilt-free.”

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