Vietnam: Japan’s shrimp controls too strict


SeafoodSource staff

Published on
July 18, 2012

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has proposed solutions to remove the difficulties for shrimp exporters as Japan is imposing stringent antibiotic control on Vietnamese shrimp.

Vietnamese agencies are urged to petition Japan for revision of food safety standards for local shrimp, according to the dispatch that VASEP sent to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and relevant agencies.

VASEP general secretary Truong Dinh Hoe said Japanese agencies in charge of testing antibiotic residues on imported seafood products had tightened their control and issued warning against Vietnamese shrimp.

In 2010, the percentage of seafood shipments subject to trifluralin tests upon arrival in Japan rose sharply. In 2011, Japan made more rigorous enrofloxacin check on shrimp imported from Vietnam, with the permissible residue level for Vietnamese products ten times lower than the European products.

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