Vietnamese farmers check prawns on a farm / PHOTO COURTESY OF TBKTSG
Eleven Vietnamese shrimp consignments exported to Japan and Europe have been found containing an excessive amount of antibiotic this year, according to the Vietnamese national fishery quality control agency.
The Saigon Times news website has quoted the National Agro – Forestry – Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) as saying that six of the tainted batches were found in Japan, where authorities last month started inspecting almost all shrimps imported from Vietnam after they found the antibiotic oxytetracycline residues in two consignments.
EU states, which reported only two tainted shrimp consignments last year, found the same antibiotic in five consignment so far this year, the website quoted NAFIQAD as saying.
Following the warnings from Japan and the EU, NAFIQAD has asked local companies to tighten their control of shrimps quality, and pledged to increase its inspection of businesses that have received warnings.
Japan and the EU are among Vietnam's biggest markets for shrimp. In 2013, Japan importing over $400 million worth of Vietnam’s farmed shrimp, making it Vietnam’s best customer for shrimp. In the first two months of 2014, Vietnam’s shrimp exports to Japan rose by 64 percent over 2013.
The EU imported nearly $370 million worth of shrimp from Vietnam in 2013.
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