Stiff reminder for firms exporting to the EU

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
4 May 2007, at 1:00am

VIET NAM - The National Fishery Quality and Veterinary Directorate Agency (Nafiqaved) has issued Vietnamese companies with a reminder about EU export requirements and documentation.

Exporters must provide enough information when registering to have their products approved for the EU market.

Details about the origin of products made up from imported fish-based materials are of particular concern.
A shortage of raw materials, has forced a number of Vietnamese companies to import ingredients from other countries for domestic processing.

According to Nafiqaved, the thorough inspection of the consignments of products for export to the EU is vital. Some ingredients sourced outside Viet Nam may suffer from diseases, including Infectious Salmon anaemia-ISA, Epizootic haematopoietic necrosis-EHN, Infectious haematopoietic necrosis-IHN, and Viral haemorrhagic septicaemia.

Vietnamese companies must provide the information and take responsibility for the origin of the products they supply said Nafiqaved.

As of May 2007, branches of Nafiqaved will inspect and grant certificates on food quarantine on exports to the EU.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare had, once again, issued a warning about the poor quality of seafood exports to Japan.

A recent inspection at Japanese ports showed that consignments of shrimp, cuttlefish and seafood spring rolls exported by five companies contained Chloramphenicol, AOZ and Semicarbazide residues.

VASEP has asked seafood processors to examine thoroughly exports to Japan before shipping to the country, otherwise Vietnam may lose Japan, a very good market.