Testing time for the frozen food sector

BANGLADESH - Bangladesh government has made testing of the prawn bodies mandatory before their shipment to the European Union (EU) countries. </b> <br><br> The decision came following the rejection of nearly 25 shrimp consignments worth about Tk 500 million after the European Commission&#39;s (EC) detection of the harmful antibiotic &#39;Nitro Furan&#39; in prawn bodies over the past seven months. <br><br> The country&#39;s fishery department is expected to take firm action against the exporters, who are sending shrimp consignments without performing the &#39;Nitro Furan&#39; test. According to the EU directives, the exporters are required to send their shrimps to Singapore for laboratory test, but some exporters do not follow such guideline. <br><br> Allegations have it that some unscrupulous exporters with the support of buyers had been sending shrimp consignments without the prescribed test. Such unscrupulous businessmen are tarnishing the country&#39;s image to the EU buyers. The fishery department said the exporters should be more serious about the &#39;Nitro Furan&#39; test as the EU Food and Veterinary Office is strict about their food safety issues. The government has also decided to initiate some short-term and long-term programmes including testing of 100 per cent prawn before export, activation of district level task force committee, monitoring of hatcheries and speed up tractability. <br><br> <i>Source: Financial</i>

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