January 3, 2007


Vietnam temporarily stops shrimp exports to Japan



Vietnam will temporarily stop sending shrimps to Japan in an effort to completely curb antibiotic residue problems on its shrimp exports.


The Shrimp Sub-Committee under the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has sent a dispatch to the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, stating Vietnamese enterprises would stop exporting sea shrimp varieties for the time being.


According to the committee, all batches of shrimp products that have been exported to Japan and discovered to have contained prohibited substances are products processed from recycled shrimp, prompting exporters to discontinue exporting at the moment.


Forty-one Vietnamese exporters have agreed to inspect shrimp supplies and restructure the supply network to ensure that all materials can meet requirements on food safety before resuming its shrimp trade to Japan.