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

 

 

No trace of banned antibiotic found in seafood now

Seafood products such as tiger shrimp, white legged-shrimp and tra fish in the Mekong Delta and other southern provinces have been found to have no toxic antibiotic in a quality examination of a relevant inspection agency.

The southern unit of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) has launched an overall inspection into localities as Japan and South Korea have tightened ethoxyquin and trifluralin residue checks on shrimps imported from Vietnam. Seafood quality control delegations from the U.S., Russia, Australia and Brazil have also made more trips to the country compared to previous years.

Therefore, Nafiqad has asked its units to speed up seafood checks. In the South, seafood produced in 14 provinces and cities have been confirmed to be free from banned substances.

Nguyen Van Nhiem, head of My Thanh Shrimp Association in Soc Trang Province, said that local farmers have raised awareness on using banned antibiotic in shrimp or tra fish farming.

Besides, farmers have gained experience in using substitute substances. However, antibiotic is no longer a problem to members of this association but they are now facing capital shortage to continue shrimp farming.

Over the past years, shrimp farmers in Soc Trang have taken out bank loans to facilitate farming. However, they have suffered heavy losses as a large volume of shrimp died en masse, Nhiem said.

According to Nafiqad, Binh Thuan, Tien Giang, Tra Vinh and Kien Giang provinces have suffered shrimp diseases due to unstable environmental factors. Tra fish diseases have also been detected in Vinh Long Province.

White spot and liver diseases on shrimps have spread throughout the country. Last year, Tra Vinh Province suffered the biggest damage with nearly 36.5% of shrimp farming area contracted with the diseases.


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