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May 27, 2014


Rampant Antibiotic Use


At the beginning of 2014, after showing good profits in 2013, farmers in the Mekong Delta expanded production.  Now, however, they rely too much on antibiotics to deal with shrimp diseases, and antibiotic residues are showing up in their shrimp exports.


During the past few months, a number of Vietnamese shrimp shipments to Japan and the European Union have been returned because the shrimp contained banned antibiotics.  Importing countries have increased inspection of Vietnamese shrimp products and threatened to ban imports from Vietnam if the situation does not improved.


Instead of importing shrimp from Vietnam, importers prefer to buy shrimp from India and Indonesia.


Last year, Vietnam raked in $3 billion from shrimp exports thanks to decreased production from other countries, including India and Thailand.  Now shrimp production in other exporting countries is recovering, and Vietnam will face difficulties in selling its production.


Source: (an online, subscription-based, fisheries news service). Editor and Publisher, John Sackton (phone 1-781-861-1441, email Rampant Antibiotic Use Increases Mekong Delta Shrimp Export Rejections, Slashing Producer’s Profits. Michael Ramsingh (phone 1-732-240-5330, email  Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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