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Shrimp exports to Japan to undergo semicarbazide testing

VIET NAM - Shrimp exports from Viet Nam to Japan will now have to undergo semicarbazide (SEM) testing, says the National Fisheries Quality and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved).

The SEM testing will be compulsory for the listed companies that are required to have products examined.

Nafiqaved said that shrimp products to be exported to Japan of the companies subject to compulsory examination must have a certificate stating that they do not contain prohibited anti-biotic residues (Chloramphenicol, AOZ and SEM).

The certificate must be granted by Nafiqaved or local centres for seafood quality and veterinary control.

Prior to that, the Japanese side found SEM in six consignments of Vietnam-sourced imports (dried shrimp, salted shredded meat, and seafood spring rolls). SEM is a substance forbidden in food, according to the Japanese regulations. The country has decided to take examination over 100% of imports from Vietnam to find out if the imports contain SEM.

Nafiqaved said that four more Vietnamese companies will get Nafiqaved certificates to be eligible to export their products to Japan. These are the workshop on processing dried products under the Nha Trang Export Seafood Processing Company, Vietnam Northern Viking Technologies Co Ltd, AMANDA Food Company Ltd, and the My An workshop specialising in dried products processing under the Phuoc Tien General Trading Company Ltd.

By the end of May 7, 300 Vietnamese companies should be able to export their products to Japan without having to have their exports examined.