The Cold Hard Facts
Quality begins with the captain. Our shrimp boat, The Judge, uses short drag times--the time that our nets are out collecting shrimp. The less time shrimp are in the nets, the less damage to the shrimp from other animals and debris in the nets. Once the best shrimp are selected, they are immediately frozen, preserving their sweetness and freshness.
We do not add any chemicals or preservatives after our shrimp are frozen onboard The Judge. We only sell to retailers who share this philosophy, ensuring that customers know they are getting the best, freshest, and chemical-free shrimp.
Shrimp retailers are under very few federal regulations. Because of this, shrimp may be treated with any number of chemicals and preservatives that customers are not made aware of.
Many shrimp sold in the U.S. are treated with a chemical called sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP). According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, this chemical is a registered pesticide. However, the FDA considers STPP to be “generally recognized as safe” as a food preservative, even though many other countries, including the European Union, Canada, and Brazil, limit the amount that can be found in food products.
Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) is often used to prevent “thaw drip” from seafood products as they thaw and to improve the appearance of seafood by adding a glossy sheen. It can be used to disguise the appearance of old or spoiled seafood. The FDA simply relies on the manufacturers to use “good manufacturing practice” when applying STPP, so customers have no idea if or how much of this chemical has been added to the seafood they are purchasing. This product will never be used on BD Judge shrimp, and we only sell to retailers who agree never to use it.
Sodium bisulfate is used on most shrimp sold in supermarkets and seafood markets in order to increase shelf life and appearance of shrimp. While this chemical is not considered a pesticide like STPP, the FDA relies on the producer to use good practices when applying it. Many producers have little to no training in the proper mixture and application amounts. This leaves customers with no information about if or how much of this chemical has been applied to the shrimp they are purchasing.
BD Judge shrimp are free of any chemicals and can have sodium bisulfate added only upon customer request. However, all employees of BD Judge have extensive training on the proper amount and application amounts.
Many retailers and even restaurants will now mix pond-raised shrimp in with wild caught shrimp. As long as the mixture is more than half wild caught, they can sell it entirely as wild caught. Every BD Judge shrimp is protected by our guarantee of being the freshest, sweetest wild caught shrimp you can buy. When you purchase shrimp from BD Judge, you have the assurance of knowing every shrimp is wild caught.