Although Egypt has confirmed that Vietnamese Basa fish is completely safe, its importers and consumers need to be provided with complete information about this kind of fish, says VOVnews.
According to a news report, at a recent conference in An Giang province, the Prime Minister directed relevant ministries and sectors to formulate a project on Basa catfish production and consumption, with the aim of turning Basa fish into one of the country’s major exports.
This is considered a correct policy as it will help increase seafood export earnings and generate jobs for local people in the Mekong River Delta which is the country’s largest aquatic farming area. Besides expanding the export markets, producers and processors are encouraged to safeguard and promote Vietnamese Basa fish abroad.
Between March 16-28, several Egyptian newspapers reported widely that Vietnamese Basa fish lived in a contaminated environment and that Basa fish products contained anti-biotic residue that could be harmful to consumers.
Vov News say that this misleading information, published in print and online newspapers, concerned Egyptian importers and consumers. The Egyptian embassy in Hanoi decided to temporarily stop granting licenses to consignments of Basa fish products for fear that the fish could affect consumer health, says the report.
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