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October 16, 2014

Vietnam

One Certification Standard for Shrimp Farming

 

At the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s (GAA), GOAL 2014 conference (October 7–10, 2014, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam), Le Van Quang, chairman of Minh Phu Seafood, Vietnam’s largest seafood company and biggest shrimp exporter, said that having one certification standard for all levels of the shrimp farming industry would cut cost by 5-10%.  He said, “If we did not have all these standards, the producers could cut costs, and we could have cheaper shrimp for the consumer.”  All the current standards focus on different areas, from food safety to the ethics of production.   He said it would make more sense to have one set of standards that covered everything.  His company spends “50% of its time” meeting several different certification standards.

 

He said, “We have Japanese retailers that have their own standards, we have Costco, Whole Foods and many others who also have their own standards.  Then, we have the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Global Gap, and GAA’s Best Aquaculture Practices.  It costs money.”

 

He said the costs were not just financial, but also time consuming because of all the paperwork in dealing with the various auditors.

 

When asked if the VietGap standard achieve what he proposed, he said he was skeptical.  “It is for the Vietnamese farmers only, it has no value with the buyer.”

 

His speech was met with a round of applause from the crowd.

 

Information: Le Van Quang, Minh Phu Seafood Corporation, Industrial Zone, Ward 8, Camau City, Vietnam (phone 84-780-820-044, fax 078-0366-8795, email minhphu@minhphu.com, webpage http://www.minhphu.com/trang-chu).

 

Source: Vietnam Association of Seafood Entrepreneurs (VASEP) Website.  Minh Phu Chairman: One World Shrimp Standard Would Cut Costs Up to 10%. Nguyen Bich.  October 16, 2014.

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