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Japan scans Vietnamese shrimp for chemical residue

JAPAN - Japan permits an AOZ threshold of 1 ppb (parts per billion).

Japanese authorities have begun testing all shrimp imported from Vietnam for AOZ (3-amino-2-oxazole) after recent tests revealed high levels of the antibiotic residue.

Since last September it has also been testing all Vietnamese shrimp for chloramphenicol and cuttlefish for antibiotics since August.

Vietnam’s fisheries and trade ministries have instructed authorized agencies and seafood exporters/processors to tighten control over seafood quality to avoid problems.

But the situation is yet to improve.

Last December Vietnam’s National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate sent a letter of apology to Japanese importers for antibiotic residue in shrimp to Japan, also reporting the causes of the contamination.

First, some Vietnamese enterprises failed to check raw materials for antibiotic and other prohibited chemicals before processing.

Second, the creatures were bought from farmers in remote areas where there wasn’t a strong enough check on the use of the chemicals.


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