Quality control 

Quality control and food safety assurance have always been one of the most important task for Vietnam seafood, especially in processing and exporting.

The fishery sector in recent years have been developing towards sustainability, ensuring exported seafood products can be easy for traceability and well – controlled quality in the whole chain production from seeds to finished products.

Seafood quality and food safety is managed in the chain transferred from Control of Final Products from 80s of last century to Control of Production Process (today).  

Chemicals and Residues Monitoring

Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products implemented since 2000 in over the country including concentrated aquaculture areas, species with large yield, all crops in all year round. These results are recognized by the U.S, EU, South Korea..

Post harvest seafood quality and safety monitoring program implemented since 2009 in over the country including fishing seafood, aquaculture products (criteria and species not included by the Residues Monitoring Program for Certain Harmful Substances in aquaculture fish and products).

Up to December 2015, there are 612 plants meeting national standards of hygiene, 100% plants applied HACCP, 461 EU-qualified (EU code) plants and many factories applied GMP, SSOP.   

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets  

List of Vietnam seafood producers qualified to export to markets

(Updated: Nov 2015)


Export markets

Update time

Proposed update time


Europe (EU)

6 Jan 2016

26 Jan 2016


South Korean

2 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016



1 Feb 2016

26 Jan 2016



22 Dec 2015




28 Jan 2016



Ukraine (list of pangasius producers)

9 Jan 2014



Eurasian Economic Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia, Kyryzstan)

21 Jun 2015



El Salvado


7 May 2010


List of bivalve molluck processors exporting to EU

8 Dec 2015



List of seasoned dried leather jacket fish processors exporting to Korea

25 Dec 2015

25 Dec 2015


The list of exporters qualified for food safety assurance (updated by Vietnam customs)

2 Feb 2016



List of processors eligible in exporting pangasius to the US.

9 Mar 2016



Food safety

The Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) is moving ahead with pilot testing its updated Global Benchmark Tool for seafood certification schemes. The Global Benchmark Tool aims to make information available across the supply chain to drive change and lower costs.

( On the afternoon of 23rd April, in Ho Chi Minh City held Ishinomaki Fisheries Association meeting with Vietnamese seafood exporters.

( MARD has allowed pilot program on granting electronic certificates for seafood exports to the European Union (EU) on Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES).

( By 2015 there will be 30% of intensive, semi-intensive farms and aquaculture systems that are VietGAP certified and this percentage in 2020 will be 80%.

( In 2014, aquaculture farms covers the area of 47,202 hectares. In particular, marine shrimp farming area was 35,953 hectares, including 10,694 hectares of intensive and semi-intensive shrimp farms. In these 10,694 hectares, 86% was for whiteleg shrimp, and the other is for black tiger shrimp. Other shrimp farming methods were applied in 25,259 hectares.

( On 16-17 October 2014, right after the 3rd Steering Committee Meeting of Shrimp Standard of ASEAN (held in 14 – 15 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand), the stakeholders in the region seafood industry continued to gather to discuss about the Fisheries Improvement Project protocol.

( After review carried out by Nafiqad, 60 Vietnamese seafood companies are recognized satisfying both Vietnam’s and the Customs Union’s regulations on food safety and disease controls.

( On 14th October, National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued document No. 2012 / QLCL-CL1 on seafood export registration to Russia and Eurasian Customs Union.

( General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) approved more 2 live tiger shrimp packaging facilities and 21 black tiger shrimp farms in Vietnam to export to China.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance recommending certain seafood processors take steps to minimise risk of ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP).

( Traceability is now compulsorily required for food exporters. This requirement comes from the government, independent standards organizations, and also from consumers to ensure food hygiene and safety.

Vietnamese companies were urged to carefully study the European Union (EU)'s requirements for imports to maximise opportunities arising from Viet Nam's impending free trade agreement (FTA) with the trade bloc.

Seafood products such as tiger shrimp, white legged-shrimp and tra fish in the Mekong Delta and other southern provinces have been found to have no toxic antibiotic in a quality examination of a relevant inspection agency.

( Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) announced the removal of suspension on importing seafood into Russia and Eurasian Customs Union from 7 Vietnam companies, including 5 frozen Pangasius producers and 2 frozen shrimp processors.

Russia’s recent decision to ban fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports from the US, the EU, Australia, Canada and Norway creates opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to expand exports to the Eurasian country.

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