Vietnam: Tightens Down on Food Safety Inspections after Violations

The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) has warned shrimp processors that inspections are going to increase in 2011.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has urged people’s committees in key provinces in the Mekong River Delta to step up oversight of processing plants.  It also told local authorities to work closely with relevant agencies to penalize violators, especially those that inject “extraneous materials” into raw shrimp.  These incidents have been reported widely in Ca Mau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu and Kien Giang provinces, with NAFIQAD saying 25 processing plants, mostly in the four provinces, were caught doing it in January 2011!  MARD has ordered NAFIQAD to coordinate inspections with local agencies in the four provinces to make sure that products do not contain extraneous matter.

NAFIQAD will set up a process for inspecting all shrimp products for quality and safety and MARD will then approve all products before they are exported!

Following an inspection of 30 Vietnamese processing companies last month, Ukraine’s State Committee for Veterinary Medicine approved only ten of them.  Analysts said Ukraine’s high quality requirements could pose a big challenge for Vietnamese exporters.


Source: Shrimp News



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