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

 

 

Requirements for fishery consignments imported into Vietnam for further processing and export to EU

On Jan 10th 2018, The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) of Vietnam sent the letter No 57/ CLCL-CL1 to Food Safety Competent Authorities of exporting countries on informing the requirements for fishery consignments imported into Vietnam for further processing and export to the EU.

According to European Commission regulations (EC) No 178/2002, 852/2004, 853/2004, 854/2004, any consignment of fishery product intended for export to the EU must be accompanied by a health certificate attesting that fishery product has been caught and handled on board vessel, landed, handled and prepared, processed frozen and thawed in accordance with EU regulations. Therefore, NAFIQAD, as the Vietnamese competent authority in charge of food safety inspection and certification of fishery products for export, would like to inform the requirements for fishery consignments imported into Vietnam for further processing and export to EU as follows:

- For fish and fishery consignments, bivalve molluscs, the health certificate issued by competent authority of exporting country must include the following attestations.

+ come from (an) establishment (s) implementing a programme based on the HACCP principles in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 852/2004;

+ have been caught and handled on board vessels, landed, handled and where appropriate prepared, processed, frozen and thawed hygienically in compliance with the requirements laid down in Section VIII, Chapters I to IV of Annex III to Regulation (EC) No 853/2004;

- For consignments of frozen fishery product imported directly into Vietnam from freezer vessels; the consignment must be accompanied with document signed by the captain stating that:

+ the vessel appears on the list of vessels from which imports to the European Union are permitted (being “EU-list”);

+ the vessel has a programme based on the HACCP principles in order to control hazards;

Please click here to see the full letter 


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