March 7, 2007


Vietnam intensifies quality control of shrimp exports


The Shrimp Committee under the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers has submitted a proposal to the Fisheries Ministry for stricter inspection of banned antibiotics usage for shrimp and entire seafood exports.


The committee also requested the ministry to increase the inspection of sources of shrimp feed on sales in the market, particularly sources of imported feed. It also recommended to control of  sources of veterinary medicines and chemicals used for treatment of shrimp ponds and shrimp diseases to ensure that no banned antibiotics is used.


The group also suggested increased inspection to detect other possibilities of infectiousness in order to take timely preventive measures.


According to the committee, Japan's recent warning of AOZ (a derivative of Nitrofuran) found in Vietnam's several batches of tiger prawn would make other Vietnamese businesses face difficulties in exporting seafood to the market.


The Shrimp Committee said that the infection sources were possibly from shrimp feed and veterinary medicines, or even from the use of Nitrofuran to preserve shrimp during the collecting and processing process.


The Japanese market represents 30 percent of Vietnam's annual earnings from seafood exports worth US$500 million to US$600 million.


According to the Fisheries Ministry's statistics, shrimp exports showed continued positive signs in the first two months of this year, with an export value of US$450 million, a 42 percent rise year on year.