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Viet Nam Denies Allegations Of Polluted Fish

VIET NAM - Vietnam's seafood association has once again offered assurance about the quality of Vietnamese pangasius following allegations in the Italian media that the catfish is farmed in polluted waters.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said the reports are unfair and there is no evidence to show that Vietnamese pangasius is harmful to consumers’ health, says ThahnienNews.

The Vietnam Trade Office in Italy said in a report Thursday that there have been several reports since late last year alleging catfish imported from Vietnam is raised in polluted fields.

The reports have caused apprehension about the quality of Vietnamese seafood in Italian consumers, it said.

The office said Slow Food, an Italian non-profit eco-gastronomic organization, would hold a seminar in Genova next week to discuss the import of Vietnamese catfish.

The organization, founded in 1989 to counteract fast food, fast life, and the disappearance of local food traditions, hopes to create pressure on the Italian government through the seminar, it said.

the Fish Site Editor

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