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November 2, 2015


More and More of the Country’s Seafood Shipments Are Being Rejected


In the first nine months of 2015, according to Vietnam’s National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD), the number of seafood shipments refused because of banned antibiotics exceeded the number refused in all of 2014.  On October 29, 2015, NAFIQAD, within the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, reported that 165 seafood shipments failed to meet food safety requirements and 78 shipments were found to contain higher-than-allowed residues of chemicals and antibiotics, up six and ten shipments, respectively, compared to 2014.


The NAFIQAD report said that in the January-September 2015 period, domestic seafood exporters got food safety warnings in the United States, Japan and the European Union, Vietnam’s three leading seafood markets.


In particular, 35 shipments violated chemical and antibiotic residues in the USA, six times more than in 2014.  For the Japanese market, 27 shipments were rejected, mainly for banned and restricted antibiotics, while the European Union sounded the alarm on 27 shipments, 18 (67%) of which had microbial infections.


NAFIQAD said that many farmers had not strictly followed regulations on using permitted chemicals and antibiotics before harvest.


Local testing was also blamed because seafood samples were recognized as meeting food safety requirements in Vietnam, but failed tests in foreign markets.


Source: VietnamNet.  Shrimp Exports Forecast to Fall Sharply This year.  November 2, 2015.

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