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หัวข้อ: Japan scans Vietnamese shrimp for chemical residue
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Source: Thanh Nien News  World News    1/03/2007 17:33:43

Dong Ha

Japanese authorities have begun testing all shrimp imported from Vietnam for AOZ (3-amino-2-oxazole) after recent tests revealed high levels of the antibiotic residue.


Japan permits an AOZ threshold of 1 ppb (parts per billion).


Since last September it has also been testing all Vietnamese shrimp for chloramphenicol and cuttlefish for antibiotics since August.


Vietnam’s fisheries and trade ministries have instructed authorized agencies and seafood exporters/processors to tighten control over seafood quality to avoid problems.


But the situation is yet to improve.


Last December Vietnam’s National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate sent a letter of apology to Japanese importers for antibiotic residue in shrimp to Japan, also reporting the causes of the contamination.


First, some Vietnamese enterprises failed to check raw materials for antibiotic and other prohibited chemicals before processing.


Second, the creatures were bought from farmers in remote areas where there wasn’t a strong enough check on the use of the chemicals.


Finally, some workers at the processing plants had used skin cream which contained chloramphenicol.


The quality agency also assured the Japanese it was toughening analysis and supervision measures to improve quality.


In the last two months of 2006 the Vietnamese fisheries industry suffered a major fall in exports to Japan because of a recurrence of antibiotic residues.


Japan has long been one of Vietnam’s major seafood customers, buying 27 percent of its fisheries exports last year, second only to the US.


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