Vietnamese shrimp to face antibiotic tests in Japan

Starting this month, all Vietnam shrimp shipped to Japan will be strictly tested before coming to Japanese consumers after two batches of the product were found last month to contain Oxytetracyline antibiotic, said the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

VASEP on 20 March released a document requiring all exporters to enhance their checks on the content of Oxytetracyline antibiotic in shrimps. The association said it has had the issue confirmed by Japanese importers as well as authorized agencies of Japan before announcing the information to all Vietnam shrimp enterprises.

In recent years, Vienam shrimp shipments sold to Japan are often warned to have antibiotic content higher than the permissible level. Normally, Japan will check 30% of a batch and if a large amount of shrimp is found with the prohibited substance residue, it will check 100 percent of that batch.

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