Vietnam's seafood exports are completely safe and not affected by the recent mass fish deaths in the central region, the Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) said Thursday.
VASEP said in a press release that seafood product intended for export are mostly come from south-central and southern provinces, while the mass fish deaths were reported in north-central Vietnam.
It said the seafood is caught by large vessels in offshore areas far from the coast. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has also confirmed that samples of seafood caught in offshore areas in central Vietnam were safe, the association added.
Many Vietnamese seafood processors also source supplies from other countries, according to VASEP.
“Therefore, the fish kill scandal does not affect the supply and safety of Vietnamese seafood products for export,” the release wrote.
VASEP issued the statement after it was informed that the European Union on May 24 warned member countries of the abnormal mass fish deaths in Vietnam and asked the countries to tighten control on Vietnamese products.
Government officials have promised to announce the cause of the fish deaths soon.