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Shrimp & Cholesterol

We already know that shrimp is low in fat and calories. But if you are concerned about cholesterol, there is good news. You do not have to give up shrimp! Research shows and dietitians concur that the high percentage of “good fats” in shrimp reduces the impact of cholesterol. So enjoy shrimp as part of a balanced – and delicious – diet.

Shrimp: We’re STILL Number One!
Once again, Shrimp is the most consumed seafood in the United States! Americans consumed an average of 4.10 lbs per capita in 2007. Shrimp has been the number one seafood in the U.S. for seven years.


Aquaculture, or fish farming, is the propagation and rearing of aquatic organisms in controlled or selected environments for any commercial, recreational or public purpose. At least 80% of the shrimp we eat in the United States is farmed. Where does it come from? Primarily Mexico and Asia.. Currently in the United States, freshwater aquaculture production (such as catfish) far outpaces marine aquaculture efforts. Domestic marine production makes up only 1.5% of U.S. seafood supply and is dominated by shellfish. Growth in domestic aquaculture can help reduce our dependence on seafood imports, meet the growing demand for seafood, create jobs, and provide additional economic opportunities for U.S. coastal communities.

Imported Shrimp: A Healthy and Safe Food

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has established a voluntary Seafood Inspection Program to ensure that seafood imports meet stringent quality standards as outlined by the FDA under the Seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Program (HACCP) Regulatory Requirements. The DOC provides U.S. importers with assistance prior to export of a seafood product to the United States by conducting sanitary and hazard reduction training and providing assistance in writing and verifying HACCP requirements; at the point of entry by inspecting and certifying products; and, at the point of retail distribution by assisting stores in establishing and maintaining a retail HACCP program.

The Members

• Censea, Inc.
• Devi Seafood Inc., USA
• Eastern Fish Company, Inc.
• Great American Seafood Import Co.
• H & N Foods International
• King & Prince Seafood Corporation
• Mazzetta Company LLC
• Rich Products Corporation
• Sea Port Products Corporation

Contact Us

The Shrimp Council
7918 Jones Branch Dr.
Suite 700
McLean, VA 22102

Phone: 703.752.8880; or by Email: