VASEP affirms high quality and international standards of Vietnam shrimp exports
(seafood.vasep.com.vn) On April 10, 2017 the news site SEAFOODNEWS.COM has posted an article titled “Vietnam Tightens Inspections after Reports of Shrimp Processors Injecting Shrimp with Agar”. The article mentions about state of injecting agar into shrimp in some shrimp facilities in Vietnam.
However, the article title as above is very misleading to readers, especially importers and consumers, leading to negative thinking and misunderstanding about quality of Vietnam shrimp exports. Vietnam Association of seafood exporters and producers (VASEP) affirm that, it’s wrongdoing of some small shrimp households (small facilities), but not of the shrimp export industry.
Currently Vietnam has nearly 200 companies with big and medium scale involved in the processing and export of shrimp with a total capacity of nearly 1 million tons per year. Factories concentrated in some provinces of Central, South Central, and especially the Mekong Delta.
Vietnam processors are increasingly aware of food safety and hygiene as well as improving product processing skills. Most shrimp processors for export are applying the advanced quality management programs in the world such as HACCP, SQF 2000CM, SQF1000CM, ISO 9001: 2000, Halal, BRC, ... and environment management such as ISO 14000, meeting strict regulations of importing markets such as the EU, US and Japan. Also, processors and exporters also apply traceability systems to farmed ponds for all products or closely apply control system of microbiology and antibiotic.
Vietnam shrimp export industry have the participation of more than 100 prestigious exporting companies, export to near 100 markets in the world and always keeps the leading positions in major and strict markets such as the U.S, EU, South Korea, Japan...
To assure high quality materials, Vietnam shrimp processors and exporters usually sign farming and purchasing contracts with farmers. Through farming contracts, the enterprises support shrimp farmers a part of the investment in production to comply with international standards of socio-environmental responsibilities. They give technical and financial support for farmers and invest feed for farming. Currently, some big processors have their own farming areas so they can be self- sufficial in raw material supply.
So once more we affirm that, injecting impurities into the shrimp is not a big problem of shrimp export industry. That is cheating activities of some small households, serving at the request of a handful of traders in the country or to export to China though borders.
To protect images and prestige of Vietnam shrimp, Vietnam state relevant agencies will strengthen the inspection at suspected producers. VASEP fully support drastic action from Vietnam state management agencies, and we believe that by all means Vietnam will put an end to this cheating practice soon.
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