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Vietnamese seafood producers warned for use of chemicals

Aquaculture in Vietnam could lag behind in exports when seafood producers do not watch excess use of chemicals. Catfish producers of Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bangladesh intend to jointly sell their products on the global market.

“This [their cooperation] poses a great challenge, ” Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Luong Le Phuong told the media on the sidelines of a ministry meeting in Hanoi.
 
But Vietnamese producers should not worry too much since their country has the best natural conditions to raise catfish and competition is to be expected in business, he said.
 
Banning chemicals
Earlier, at the meeting, Nguyen Huu Dung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said the government should ban the use of chemicals, whose residues remain in the fish and hamper exports.
 
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said his ministry would soon set up a scientists’ council to examine the chemicals to add them to the list of banned chemicals if necessary.
 
Phuong said the ministry has also instructed concerned agencies to intensify monitoring of seafood exports for quality.
 
“We have not lost any market due to poor quality. But, if we do not strictly deal with poor practices, it will happen. But we now get lower prices because of quality,” he said.
 
Some buyers like the US, Germany and Russia have warned Vietnam about seafood quality problems.

Dick Ziggers

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