INTRO: On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept of Commerce proposed, at George W. Bush’s wishes, tariffs up to 112 percent on shrimp imported from China and Vietnam. The commerce department is asking for public comment on the tariffs and they are expected to rule on July 28th on whether to also propose duties on shrimp exported from other countries such as Brazil, Equador, India and Tailand. The proposed tariffs mean that the commerce department and the administration believe that the countries affected are “Dumping� seafood products in this country. WMNF’s Mark Antokas has the story.

SCRIPT: Wally Stevens of Slade-Gorton, a large seafood distributor based in Massechutsetts, makes no bones about his organizations dislike of the proposed tariffs. China and Vietnam imports U.S. soybeans to feed to their shrimp, and soybeans would likely be retaliated against should the tariffs stick. Roll Tape:

Wally Stevens of is also the president of the American seafood Distrubutors Association. Stevens speaks of the consumption rate in the U.S. Roll Tape:

Along with the perception that China and Vietnam are dumping pond grown shrimp in this country and should be penalized for unfair trade practices comes some other disturbing questions. The U.S. does not test imported seafood as aggressively as the European Union does and has lower standards when it comes to anti-biotics and quality issues. John Williams is the secretary and treasurer of the Southern Shrimp Alliance. Roll Tape:

Mark Bernstein, Spokesman for Darden Restaurants, of which Red Lobster is one, says that Dqarden Restaurants do periodic “In House� testing. Roll Tape:

Chloramphenicol, an antibiotic used for imflamatory diseases is a chemical agent used in controlling bacterial growth. Producers of this chemical, which is no longer used in this country, do not recommend use by pregnant or breastfeeding women, and infants. John Williams explains U.S. inspection policies. Roll Tape:

Dr. Carol Roberts who hosts a program in alternative Medicine on WMNF explains the antibiotic Chloramphenicol. Roll Tape:

SOCK-OUT: According to the N.Y. Times on July 6th, Tariffs an wholesale price increases on imports could help save jobs in the South, especially in battlegrounds like North Carolina, something the current administration is eager to make. Health issues and soybeans aside. This is Mark Antokas for WMNF, radio news.

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