September 24, 2010


Nitrofuran bacteria found in Bangladeshi shrimp


EU has issued four alerts to Bangladesh up to July 2010 since its resumption of shrimp exports to the EU from January 10 due to presence of nitrofuran bacteria, sources said.


"The European Commission's Director General Fisheries issued six alerts until July this year but two were withdrawn after the issues were corrected. In May last year, Bangladesh halted export of fresh water prawn to the EU after 54 consignments were rejected between January-April in 2009," said Habibur Rahman Khondaker, Fisheries Inspection and Quality Control (FIQC), Dhaka.


According to Bangladesh Frozen Foods Exporters Association (BFFEA), Bangladesh shipped around 2,000 consignments of shrimp to the EU in 2009 whereas this year it is about 1,500 consignments until August.


Khondaker said, "To get rid of this situation and revive the image of Bangladesh Department o Fisheries (DoF), non governmental organisations and we are operating different types of awareness building programme like holding seminars, direct conversation, hanging posters and distributing leaflet among the shrimp farmers. As a result the number of warnings has declined substantially. For that reason we are continuing awareness buildings programme at the union and upazila level farmers to ensure the buyer's requirement but we have only one officer in the district level."


"About 50% of the country's total frozen food export worth US$225 million goes to the EU states. It is good news for us as we will be able to export to the 27 countries in full swing and it will also be helpful for us to export USA, and other countries. Ultimately it will create a positive impact in the shrimp sector of the country," he added.