February 24, 2011


Vietnam to tighten quality control of shrimp exports to Japan



Vietnam's Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) proposes the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to constrict quality control of shrimp shipments to Japan.


The move is to secure shrimp addressing to Japan's market clean of additive substances, including Trifluralin, according to local news on Tuesday (Feb 22).


Shrimp batches shipping to Japan should be checked all, the MoIT urged.


During 2009-2010, a number of batches of Vietnam's shrimp was detected by Japanese authorities to contain antibiotic, including Trifluralin, and forbidden to enter the Japan's market due to harmful effect for human health.


Japan is among biggest market for Vietnam's shrimp. It imports thousands of tonnes of shrimp worth dozens US$ million each year from the Southeast Asian country.