GENERAL INFORMATION

Quality control 

Quality control and food safety assurance have always been one of the most important task for Vietnam seafood, especially in processing and exporting.

The fishery sector in recent years have been developing towards sustainability, ensuring exported seafood products can be easy for traceability and well – controlled quality in the whole chain production from seeds to finished products.

Seafood quality and food safety is managed in the chain transferred from Control of Final Products from 80s of last century to Control of Production Process (today).  

Chemicals and Residues Monitoring

Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products implemented since 2000 in over the country including concentrated aquaculture areas, species with large yield, all crops in all year round. These results are recognized by the U.S, EU, South Korea..

Post harvest seafood quality and safety monitoring program implemented since 2009 in over the country including fishing seafood, aquaculture products (criteria and species not included by the Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products).

Up to December 2015, there are 612 plants meeting national standards of hygiene, 100% plants applied HACCP, 461 EU-qualified (EU code) plants and many factories applied GMP, SSOP.   

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets  

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets

(Updated: Nov 2015)

No

Export markets

Update time

Proposed update time

1

Europe (EU)

6 Jan 2016

26 Jan 2016

2

South Korean

2 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

3

China

1 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016

4

Brazil

22 Dec 2015

 

5

Argentine

28 Jan 2016

 

6

Ukraine (list of pangasius producers)

9 Jan 2014

 

7

Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyryzstan)

21 Jun 2015

 

8

El Salvado

 

7 May 2010

9

List of bivalve molluck processors exporting to EU

8 Dec 2015

 

10

List of seasoned dried leather jacket fish processors exporting to Korea

25 Dec 2015

25 Dec 2015

11

The list of exporters qualified for food safety assurance (updated by Vietnam customs)

2 Feb 2016

 

12

List of processors eligible in exporting pangasius to the US.

9 Mar 2016

 

 

ASEAN shrimp standards and Fisheries Improvement Project protocols

(vasep.com.vn) On 16-17 October 2014, right after the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of Shrimp Standard of ASEAN (held in 14 – 15 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand), the stakeholders in the region seafood industry continued to gather to discuss about the Fisheries Improvement Project protocol.

In 2013, stakeholders from ASEAN’s seafood industry agreed at the ASEAN Public-Private Taskforce for Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2013 that there is a need to define and manage a regional shrimp aquaculture standard and FIP protocol.

With the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, there is also an opportunity to develop aquaculture and fisheries standards and protocols that reflect the realities facing producers and fisheries in the region while simultaneously meeting the key elements of credibility for the definition and management of the standards and addressing the key environmental impacts and social issues to a minimum level required by key export buyers to maintain compliance with their public commitment to sustainability.

An initial group of ASEAN industry stakeholders agreed to lead in the development of the ASEAN shrimp standards and FIP protocol through a multi-stakeholder, inclusive, transparent process grounded in the ISEAL Alliance’s (http://www.isealalliance.org) Code of Good Practices for sustainability standards and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch sustainability assessment criteria (http://www.seafoodwatch.org/).

Both projects will also attempt to benchmark to the MSC and ASC standards in order to ensure an easier path for producers towards compliance with one of those schemes. The USAID-funded Maximizing Agricultural Revenue through Knowledge, Enterprise Development and Trade (MARKET) Project committed to act as the neutral convening body and support the industry to form regional working groups to develop the shrimp aquaculture standards and ASEAN FIP protocol through March 2015.

 

 


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