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

 

 

Vietnam seeks to develop aquaculture sustainably

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Nguyen Xuan Cuong highlighted Vietnam’s determination to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and build a sustainable aquaculture during his recent talks with European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.

In an interview with correspondents from Vietnam News Agency in Brussels, the Minister said after receiving a yellow card warning from the EU for failing to prevent IUU fishing on October 23, 2017, Vietnam has carried out a series of action programmes to tackle the issue.

The country has worked out measures to improve its institutional system and include EU recommendations on IUU fishing into the revised Law on Fisheries, Cuong said.

After the bill was passed by the National Assembly in late 2017, Vietnam has employed legal regulations, decrees and guiding circulars, he added.

The country has focused on raising awareness of the sustainable use and management of aquaculture among people, businesses and local authorities.

Additionally, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has decided to establish a working group to inspect the implementation of IUU regulations, Cuong noted.

He said he had asked the EU Commissioner to provide technical support and human resources training for Vietnam to promote responsible fishing, as the country is encountering a number of difficulties such as poor infrastructure and equipment, shortage of human and financial resources and limited marine natural resources.

The visit to the EU and Belgium from March 21-24 is significant to help the EU understand more about Vietnam’s determination to remove the yellow card.

The EU agreed to work with Vietnam and consider providing financial and technical assistance and human resources training in the long run in addition to helping the Southeast Asian country institutionalise legal documents in line with international practices.

Promoting effective, legal and sustainable fishing is the common goal of the aquaculture sector, not only in the EU but in all global markets.

“We need to exert more efforts to achieve this inclusive target,” he said.

He suggested refining the newly adopted Law on Fisheries and other relevant regulations.

He also stressed calling for the involvement of society to improve infrastructure for the fishery sector and human resources training; asking all economic sectors, including fishermen and businesses, to strictly follow legal regulations on IUU fishing; and increasing international cooperation.

VNA


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