Food hygiene checks pave way for new law

A nationwide food hygiene check will be carried out by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to prepare for the new Food Hygiene Law, which will come into effect on July 1.

The pilot check has been conducted on agricultural materials and products in the northern province of Thanh Hoa and southern province of Tien Giang.

Many factories, distribution chains and shops for fertilisers, pesticides, veterinary items, food for breeding farms and aquaculture production, forestry plants, fruit and vegetable processing, fish sauce production, slaughterhouses, have been checked. Read more of this post


Food hygiene checks pave way for new law

A nationwide ood hygene ceck will be carried outby the Minitry of Agriulture ad Rural Evelopment toprepae for the new Food Hygiene Law, which will come ot efect on July 1.

The pilot check has been conducted on agricultural materials and products in the northern province of Thanh Hoa and southern province of Tien Giang. Read more of this post

Pangasius industry should prioritise quality over quantity: govt

Seafood importers’ purchasing decisions are increasingly being influenced by the environmental impacts of aquaculture and whether seafood is being produced sustainably. Fish farmers and processors should thus apply strict standards to make all their operations less environmentally harmful, suggested Pham Anh Tuan, deputy director of the General Department of Fisheries, at a conference in HCM City. Read more of this post

Struan Stevenson lear about Pangasius from SEAT project at Stirling University

‘What I heard this morning has given me a lot of confidence … now I’m pretty well convinced that things are being dealt with in a proper, scientific way’ – Struan Stevenson on the safety and sustainability of pangasius.

n November 2010 Struan Stevenson (MEP and Senior Vice President of the European Parliament’s Fisheries Committee) added to a raft of criticism in the media over Pangasius production in Vietnam and European imports of the finished product.  His comments in the European Parliament (which can be read here,here and here) raised concerns over safety standards of the finished product and welfare standards of those working in the industry.  Read more of this post

Mazzetta warns low quality shrimp imports will hit U.S. demand

High prices for raw material will mean more low quality shrimp coming onto the U.S. market, which could impact consumer eating experience and demand, said an executive from importer Mazzetta Company.

Prices for shrimp are set to remain high throughout 2011, said Jeff Goldberg, director of shrimp procurement with Highland Park, Il-based Mazzetta, one of the top five shrimp importers in the United States. Read more of this post

Conference “Global GAP : sustainable development way for fisheries”

Good Agriculture Practices is now the main criteria to bring successfully commodities to global markets. Vietnam is one of the four biggest seafood exporters in the world, therefore, it is necessary that Vietnamese producers apply GLOBALGAP (or other GAP certification) in their seafood production and processing, especially those in the Mekong delta where provides an extra amount of seafood export products. Read more of this post

High global demand bodes well for seafood exporters

The experts expected tuna exports to increase in value to $300 million this year.

Meanwhile, exports are likely to surge to $115 million for crab and to $490 million for mollusc. Read more of this post

Pangasius: Better Management Practices Version 3 now released

NACA in collaboration with Fisheries Victoria, RIA2 and Can Tho University published recently the Version 3 of the Better Management Practices for Pangasius farming in Vietnam.

To download the document click here

This document is Version 3.0 of “Better Management Practices for Catfish Aquaculture in the Mekong Delta, Vietnam”. It incorporates revisions of Version 2.0, which are based on feedback and the experiences from the 11 demonstration farms that volunteered to adopt the draft BMPs (Version 2.0) Read more of this post

Vietnam: Shrimp export, a good start of this year

At the beginning of 2011, Vietnamese shrimp export has shown signal of a promising year with high growth in volume, value and average export price.

According to Vietnam Customs, at the first half of January 2011, shrimp enterprises have exported 7,185 MT of shrimp to global markets, worth US$66 million, up 37 percent and 56 percent, respectively compared to the same period last year. This is the most impressive start since 2007. Read more of this post

Pangasius buyers and the battlefield of quality and price


Prices for pangasius are set to continue rising over 2011 as production from Vietnam drops on strong demand, while the buying industry must also combat negative media attention and unscrupulous operators.

With many farmers stopping production because of low prices over 2010 and problems getting credit from banks to buy fingerlings, pangasius production is set to drop dramatically over 2011. Buyers are predicting further price rises in the lead up to the Brussels seafood show and beyond. Read more of this post

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