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December 2, 2014


Alarming Use of Antibiotics


Nguyen Nhu Tiep, head of the National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance (NAFIQAD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, says Vietnam’s system for controlling the use of antibiotics on aquatic farms is not working.


As a result, a number of Vietnamese seafood shipments to the European Union, Japan and South Korea have been rejected because they contained antibiotics that are banned in aquaculture, Tiep said.


So far this year, Japanese authorities have rejected imports of seafood products from 16 Vietnamese exporters due to violations of the Japanese regulations on banned antibiotics such as enrofloxaxin, ethoxyquin and oxytetracycline.


Seafood is one of Vietnam’s export staples.  The country is expected to rake in $7.5 billion from seafood exports in 2014, up from $6.88 billion in 2013.  In the first eleven months of 2014, seafood exporters earned nearly $7.22 billion, 9.3% more that in the same period in 2013.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Vietnam’s Inspection Service Says Use of Banned Antibiotics at Alarming Level.  December 2, 2014.

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