Vietnam gets tough on seafood contamination

A REGULATION has just been passed in Vietnam to ensure that risks of contamination of seafood with banned chemicals is more strictly enforced.
A report in VNS states that Directive 20/CT-TTg was the result of concerns by ministries in areas with major seafood processing and trading that banned chemicals were being used by a number of businesses.
This regulation sits alongside Decree 178/2013/ND-CP, which sets sanctions for rule breaking, and also has the power to withdraw business and production licences. It also determines what cases can be made public.
The use of banned chemicals in shrimp production has come under particular scrutiny, and several measures are been introduced to try and combat the practice.
These include a project to improve control over the trade, and a proposal to add the use of banned chemicals in the shrimp industry to the Penal Code.
Shrimp is a vital bedrock of the Vietnamese seafood industry, comprising 49 per cent of its export revenue. This year the export value of Vietnamese seafood is expected to reach $6.9 billion.