Spain gives catfish from Vietnam clean bill of health
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Asia Pulse] Feb 11, 2009 - Spain's food safety watchdog has denied claims of food poisoning related to tra and basa catfish imported from Vietnam, attributing the allegations to 'false information' provided by the European Commission (EC).
Batches of catfish imported into Spain from Vietnam last July tested negative for any toxic substances banned by the EC, said Roberto Sabrido, president of the Spanish Agency for Food Security and Nutrition, at a press briefing at a recent gastronomy and tourism exposition in Ourense.
Last month, Spain's Ministry of Health and Consumer Affairs also confirmed that Vietnamese catfish met food safety regulations set by the EU and posed no danger to consumer health.
Spain is one of Vietnam's leading European markets for catfish, importing about 40,000 tonnes per year, according to statistics from a Spanish trade association.