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Catfish Institute tells Senate some Vietnamese fish imports contain dangerous substances

US - In a statement recently submitted to the Senate Finance Committee hearing on normalization of trade with Vietnam, a spokesman for The Catfish Institute said U.S. farm raised catfish growers and processors support granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) with Vietnam. </b> <br><br>By granting PNTR, the United States will pave the way for Vietnam to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and subject to the same rules and principles that govern trade among all nations. <br><br> Two serious issues, however, need to be addressed when Vietnam joins the WTO: banned and dangerous additives found in Vietnamese fish imported into the U.S.; and, the mislabeling of Vietnamese fish imports. <br><br> &quot;Vietnam&#39;s full participation in international markets and the community of nations is a positive and appropriate development. At the same time, serious issues with Vietnamese fish imports need to be addressed within the World Trade Organization frameworks,&quot; explained Jeff McCord, a spokesman for, and advisor to, The Catfish Institute, a nonprofit group based in Jackson, Mississippi promoting U.S. farm raised catfish. <br><br> <i>Source: bymnews</i>

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