September 21, 2011


Vietnamese seafood tainted with harmful substance



The Vietnam Association of the Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that Japanese authorities have discovered a toxic substance, enrofloxacin, in various import batches of Vietnamese seafood.


VASEP added that in the first half of this month, Japan found four batches of Vietnamese seafood containing high level of enrofloxacin.


In August, seven batches of Vietnam-produced seafood were detected with the same substance. One batch was found to have high level residue of Trifluralin, also toxic for human consumption.


By September 13, 81 seafood batches from Vietnam were uncovered by Japanese authorities to contain harmful substances.


Japan is one of the main markets for Vietnam's seafood. In 2010, Vietnam's shipments of seafood to Japan grew 18% from a year earlier to US$1.5 billion, in which exports of shrimp accounted for US$900 million.

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