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



Improving the value of agricultural, forestry and fishery products

( Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has recently approved the proposal on improving the value agricultural, forestry and fishery products and reducing post-harvest losses through the reorganization of the production chain and exported products structure. To reach these targets, MARD will focus on increasing the proportion of value-added products, reducing post-harvest losses and enhancing the product quality and food safety.

By 2020, the part of value-added seafood products in Vietnam total production will increase by 20 percent compared to the current level. Post-harvest losses in the agricultural and fishery sectors are expected to decrease by 50 percent.

Lower post-harvest losses

Currently, Vietnam loses 20 percent of its marine catches per year due to poor post-harvest conservation. The rate will be reduced to 10 percent by 2020 by upgrading logistic services in fisheries and at fishing ports. It is important to install modern equipments and cold stores on distant fishing boats to keep fresh raw fish. Purchasing services at sea are also needed to rapidly bring fish to ports to ensure the quality of raw materials.

Efficient use of by-products

Another objective of the proposal is to invest in modern technology and equipment in order to treat and efficiently use agricultural and fish by-products to produce high value items.

In the fishery industry, fish by-products will be used to process collagen, glucosamine, fish meal and fish oil used in food production and other sectors.

The newly-adopted proposal also creates favourable conditions for producers, processors and traders in agricultural, forestry and fishery sectors to build up their brand name and credibility, which are linked with geological indications. By 2020, 40 – 50 percent of Vietnamese processors and exporters are expected to have well-known brand names in the EU, the U.S. and Japan.

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