May 17, 2007


Vietnam's shrimp exports to Japan to undergo semicarbazide testing



Japan-bound Vietnamese shrimp exports will undergo semicarbazide (SEM) testing, the National Fisheries Quality and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved) said.


The SEM testing will be a compulsory requirement by Japanese authorities.


The certificate-which would also clear of prohibited antibiotic residues Chloramphenicol and AOZ-must granted by Nafiqaved or local centres for seafood quality and veterinary control.


Japan has recently found SEM in six consignments of Vietnamese seafood  exports of dried shrimp, salted shredded meat and seafood spring rolls.


SEM is a banned food substance in Japan.


Nafiqaved has named four more Vietnamese companies will get eligibility certificates for exports to Japan. These are Nha Trang Export Seafood Processing Company, Vietnam Northern Viking Technologies Co Ltd, AMANDA Food Company Ltd, and the My An workshop.


Nafiqaved has already informed the General Department of Customs of the exclusion of the four establishments from examining the exports.


These four companies have been previously found as containing prohibited substances.


About 300 Vietnamese seafood processors can freely export to Japan without further inspections.