Vietnam Gov cracks down on chemicals in seafood

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
10 January 2007, at 12:00am

VIETNAM - The use of banned chemicals and antibiotics in the production and processing of seafood for export must be more strictly regulated, according to a decision issued by the Prime Minister.

Government Decision No 05/TTg-NN orders food quality and safety administrators, the Ministry of Fisheries and its agencies to closely inspect seafood products and exports of enterprises that have been previously warned about the use of banned chemicals and antibiotics in their products.

They must also ensure the enforcement of regulations on seafood safety and hygiene at fishing ports, warehouses, places of preserving and processing export seafood, and aquaculture farms to ensure quality and food safety in all stages of the process from catching and rearing seafood to processing and exporting it.

The decision also requires that the ministry increase efforts to provide information to farmers and fishermen on banned chemicals and antibiotics and guide them on safer alternatives.

Source: Vietnam News