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

Sustainable use and development of aquatic resources in Asia-Pacific was one of the priorities in APEC fisheries cooperation highlighted at the APEC Oceans and Fisheries Working Groups (OFWG) meeting in Nha Trang, the south central province of Khanh Hoa on February 25.

The National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has sued the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Commerce over a recently enacted rule that could cost the commercial fishing industry as much as USD 1 billion (EUR 946 million) annually.

With starvation and obesity posing two of global society’s most pressing issues, and with a world population that’s forecast to soar to more than 9 billion people by 2050, further intensifying the pressure on precious resources, the current human diet is not sustainable, agreed a panel of experts at the recent edition of the annual Food Matters conference in London.

( On November 10th, 2016 one resident of Phu Quoc Island has posted 6 photos on Facebook with comment that “There are 5 fishermen on fishing vessel. After sitting on the dolphin to joke around, the fishermen cut the head of the dolphin and eviscerated it. The photos showed that this is a vessel specializing in catching anchovy.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has designed a plan to monitor the production chain of safe shrimp for export, aiming to develop shrimp farms to the standards of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and countries importing the product.

Certificates of origin is a must for Vietnamese seafood exported to the EU, Siegfried Bank, an expert from the European Trade Policy and Investment Support Project (EU-MUTRAP), affirmed at a conference concerning the issue held in Ho Chi Minh City on October 7.

( Vietnam is one of Australia’s leading aquaculture suppliers and the country’s seafood has been performing impressively on the Australian market. Currently, Vietnam is regarded as almost the exclusive source for pangasius to Australia, with the export proportion reaching up to 98%. The country is also the leading exporter of processed shrimp to Australia, occupying 31.1% of total import value. In terms of tuna, Vietnam ranked the 4th with the market share of 1%.

( Dr. Vu Ngoc Boi and his team from Nha Trang University (Vietnam) has successfully implemented the project "Research and technology application of oligosacharid (oligochitin, Oligochitosan) for post-harvest preservations of seafood materials from offshore fishing.

The central province of Binh Dinh has allowed Vietnam-Australia Seafood Company to develop a major shrimp farming and processing project using greenhouse technology on 300 hectares in Phu My district, the Saigon Times Daily reports.

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.

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