Environmental group removes warning on Vietnamese catfish

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has removed a warning that advised consumers not to eat Vietnamese catfish, authorities said Thursday.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers, who had asked for the removal, welcomed the decision, saying it would help consumers feel more confident when eating Vietnamese catfish.

The WWF’s fish-buying guides for consumers had rated Vietnamese pangasius, a type of catfish, as ‘red’ on a sustainability scale because allegedly unsustainable aquaculture practices.

Authorities criticized the group for relying on information from its colleagues in Europe and not working with Vietnam or visiting catfish farms to gather facts.

Vietnam last year exported 600,000 tons of the fish to more than 100 countries with a turnover of 1.4 billion dollars.

 

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