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Seafood processors struggle with over-capacity

by the Fish Site Editor
07 November 2007, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - Seafood imports must increase so Viet Nams aquaculture processing industry is fully utilised, according to a new circular approved by Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai.

The a circular signed last week recommends steps that must be taken over the next few years to improve the nation’s fish processing industry. The document was issued as a reply to a proposal written by the Viet Nam Association of Aquaculture Export and Processing Enterprises (VASEP).

In the circular, Deputy PM Hai asks the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) to operate in partnership with the Ministry of Finance to work out a list of tax rates for imported aquaculture products, which will assist domestic processing enterprises and comply with international commitments. The list will need to be approved by the Prime Minister.

Hai also insists that MARD, relevant ministries and people’s committees enforce the PM’s guidelines which regulate the use of antibiotics and chemical substances in production processes.

The guidelines attempt to establish standards for food safety and hygiene in the fish farming industry.

The Ministry of Finance has also been asked to work alongside MARD and VASEP to calculate a new set of fees based on international regulations for checking and examining food safety and hygiene.

Source: VietNamNews

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