Sustainable Aquaculture Project Shows Compliance with European Standards

25 March 2014, at 12:00am

VIET NAM - A sustainable aquaculture project was conducted by the College of Agriculture and Fisheries (under the Can Tho University) in cooperation with The University of Stirling, UK, in order to help European countries understand that the production chain of farmed shrimp and pangasius in Viet Nam can ensure food safety and the health of consumers.

Nguyen Thanh Phuong, Vice President of University Can Tho said that after four years of running, the Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT) project's pilot shrimp and pangasius farming models in Mekong Delta provided good results.

The results showed that the quality of imported products from Viet Nam equal to those produced in the EU. Drugs and chemical products which are banned by the EU are not used in Vietnamese production and processing chain.

European consumers face no risk when eating pangasius, as the freezing process helps eliminate bacteria and pathogens in frozen fish products. There are also few reports relating to illness caused by seafood products from Viet Nam. The use of anti-bacterial agents in shrimp and pangasius farming is considerably limited.

Pangasius is the key export item, with high profit of Mekong Delta region. However, exports of this species still met difficulties due to strict technical barriers set by foreign countries.

You can find out more about the SEAT project by visiting the website -, or contact David Little Inst of Aquaculture Univ of Stirling UK or Dr NT Phuong Can Tho University