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Viet Nam clamps down on toxins in seafood

VIET NAM - Collecting, preserving, processing and trading seafood materials and products that contain toxins harmful to human health may result in fines from VND15-20mil ($1,250) reports Ha Yen on VietNamNet Bridge.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has signed Decree 154 stipulating the punishments for violations in aquaculture and seafood processing in an effort to fight the injection of impurities into seafood material.

Under the decree, people that deliberately carry seafood with strange substances will be fined VND3mil. Those who inject impurities in seafood materials will be fined from VND3-5mil. Any activities of collecting, preserving, processing and trading seafood containing impurities and strange substances will result in fines up to VND15mil.

The heaviest fine level of VND20mil will be applied to those involved in activities of collecting, preserving, processing and trading seafood that contains toxins harmful to human health. Consignments of products that are discovered as not meeting the requirements on food hygiene will be seized by competent agencies.

State management agencies may strip the right of a company to use the certificate on meeting requirements on food hygiene for 6-12 months.

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