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August 6, 2014


Prime Minister on Antibiotics


Nguyễn Tấn Dũng, the Prime Minister of Vietnam, has asked the authorities in coastal provinces—like Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Soc Trang and Kien Giang—to increase the supervision and inspection of seafood production, processing and trade to prevent the contamination of the products with banned antibiotics and other chemicals.  Those violating the rules could lose their licenses to conduct business.


The Prime Minister also instructed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the ministers of Public Security, Industry and Trade and Finance to quickly draft and submit a plan to improve control over and prevent the use of banned chemicals in shrimp production and trade.


Stricter punishment might be imposed on the use of banned chemicals, as the PM has asked the relevant ministries to study whether the use of banned chemicals in shrimp production and trade could be added to the list of new crimes in the penal code.


The Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers has also been instructed to spread awareness among shrimp farmers about the PM’s new directives.


Source: The FishSite.  Viet Nam Cracks Down on Chemical Use in Shrimp Farming.  August 6, 2014.

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