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

 

 

Transparency for sustainable development

(vasep.com.vn) Traceability is now compulsorily required for food exporters. This requirement comes from the government, independent standards organizations, and also from consumers to ensure food hygiene and safety.

 Electronic traceability has many advantages with platform and creating a tool for buyers, consumers and agencies to received reports easily via a smart phone. At the same time, reliable information on manufacturers at all stages, processes, quality, safety standards and importer is all available.

Transparency is an objective requirement, forcing businesses to change to get better to suit the market. To praise business ethics, a document proposed by VASEP to Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development upon mandatory provisions on product labeling with punishments and fines for trade fraud.  

Gulf of Mexico is a good example for the successful application for electronic traceability. Seafood industry recovered quickly after the oil spill. Traceability system tightly controlled and eliminated products of high risk.

The implementation of traceability also help businesses deal with false labels. Seafood labeling Gulf of Mexico became a trend, regardless of where they really originated from, making sales losses for real businesses in the place. Traceability system in fact, helped retailers and consumers easily recognize the origin of products and therefore rocketed sales of companies with real products in Gulf of Mexico.

In Vietnam, paper-based traceability made it hard for buyers to access. In addition, it takes much time to record and find the information. Therefore, electronic traceability is considered as irresistible solution for Vietnamese fisheries enterprises. In this system, farmers can immediately provide information about their products such as feeding, harvesting and transporting date to processors which offers necessary information for any customers.  

 


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