VASEP calls to say no to dirty shrimp

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
8 November 2006, at 12:00am

VIETNAM - The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has called on shrimp processors and exporters to refuse to collect shrimp material with unclear sources.

The association stressed the need to strictly control the input material, which is believed to help prevent exporting the products with anti-biotic residues.

Tran Thien Hai, Deputy Chairman of the Shrimp Sub-Committee under VASEP has sent a dispatch to its members, asking them to take measures to control the quality of input material. They can ask farmers to show the samples of food and medicine to supervise the shrimp hatchery process. The processors must reject shrimp materials that do not have clear sources for tracking down if necessary.

Mr Hai has also called on its members to reinforce the implementation of the requirements on food hygiene at the workshops. Workers must be warned against the use of decontamination substances, and must wear gloves while working.

Shrimp exporters have also been asked to cooperate closely with importers by providing information to their partners if necessary. In addition, they need to join forces with other enterprises and state management authorities to control and prevent them from using prohibited anti-biotic substances.

Source: VietNamNet