Vietnam apologizes for contaminated shrimp exports to Japan

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
15 December 2006, at 12:00am

VIETNAM - A Ministry of Fisheries agency has sent a letter of apology to Japanese partners for antibiotic-contained shrimp exports to Japan, also reporting the causes of the contamination.

In its letter to the Japanese Food and Drug Administration Bureau, the National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved) expressed regret for the chloramphenicol content in shrimp batches shipped to Japan.

Nafiqaved also announced to the Japanese agency it was toughening measures like stringent analysis and supervision to improve the quality of the products.

Three causes for the polluted shrimps were also stated. Some Vietnamese enterprises did not conduct checks of antibiotic and prohibited chemicals in raw materials before processing.

In addition, materials were bought from seafood breeders in remote areas where the control of the chemicals were not strong enough. And some laborers while working had put on barrier cream which contained chloramphenicol.

Source: ThanhNienNews