Mexico stops buying shrimp from Vietnam on disease fears

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The Mexican government has announced that it will to stop importing shrimps in any form from China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, news website Vietnamplus reported Friday.

According to the country's Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, this is meant to protect locally farmed shrimp from early mortality syndrome (EMS).

It has put all importers on notice and ordered the national food hygiene and safety administration to monitor shrimp imports.

Mexico has nearly 1,400 shrimp farms with a total area of more than 71,000 hectares.

EMS has severely impacted Vietnamese shrimp since it was first observed in 2010, with the worst episode being reported since March 2011 in the Mekong Delta.

The disease has affected 98,000 hectares, or 15 percent of the total shrimp farming area.

Vietnam exported shrimp worth US$2.25 billion to 92 countries last year, a revenue fall of 6.3 percent year-on-year.

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