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March 25, 2014


Japan Finds Antibiotics in Vietnam’s Shrimp, Again


According to the Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD, under Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development), Japanese authorities found antibiotic and chemical residues in shrimp from ten Vietnamese seafood exporters.


In February 2014, Japanese authorities detected chloramphenicol residues, an antibiotic, in Vietnamese shrimp, and in March 2014 they detecting oxytetracycline residues, also an antibiotic, in Vietnamese shrimp.


In 2013, Japan importing over $400 million worth of Vietnam’s farmed shrimp, making it Vietnam’s best customer for shrimp.  In the first two months of 2014, Vietnam’s shrimp exports to Japan rose by 64% over 2013.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Japan Tightens Scrutiny of Vietnamese Shrimp After Finding Oxytetracycline Residue.  Ken Coons (  March 21, 2014.

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