What is chem-free shrimp?

The use of phosphates to protect shrimp moisture has been questioned due to abuses. The alternative demand for chem-free shrimp can involve similar abuses and deception. 

Phosphates and shrimp
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Health & Welfare

Phosphates and shrimp

Commercial experience and research have demonstrated that phosphates can enhance sensory quality and increase consumer appeal for shrimp. Through over 10 years of research with shrimp from around the world, the Aquatic Food Products Lab at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, USA has shown that consumers prefer shrimp properly treated with phosphates. However, processors must have a clear understanding that misuse of these ingredients can result in poor appearance, poor texture, and consumer rejection.