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April 29, 2014



Antibiotics Found in Vietnamese Shrimp


The Europe Union (EU) and Japan have warned Vietnam that they are receiving more shrimp shipments with higher-than-allowed antibiotic residues this year than in previous years and will consider stricter inspections on imports if more cases are found.


Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) said it had received warnings from the EU and Japan about the antibiotic oxytetracyline.  From January through March 2014, the EU and Japan detected a total of 11 shrimp shipments from Vietnam with high oxytetracyline residues.


Although oxytetracyline is allowed in seafood farming, the fact that Vietnamese raised shrimp had been warned of the excessive antibiotic content by two shrimp importers indicated that oxytetracycline was being overused in local shrimp farming, Nafiqad said.  Currently, the allowable level of oxytetracyline in the EU is 0.1 parts per million, which is also the allowable amount in Vietnamese shrimp exported to the EU.


Nafiqad has called on domestic firms to tighten controls on antibiotics in unprocessed shrimp.  Also, the department has increased antibiotic testing and will kept an eye on the enterprises that have already received warnings.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service).  Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email  Europe and Japan Warn Vietnam About Increased Detection of Antibiotics in Shrimp.  April 29, 2014.

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