Head of the association Ho Kim Lien said that after the regulation takes effect, many traditional fish sauce firms have added iodated salt into their products; subsequently, the product’s color and quality changed.
Whereas, it took two years for Phu Quoc fish sauce of Vietnam to enter EU market and be protected. Now, with the addition of iodinated salt into fish sauce, the association must register again; accordingly, it is highly likely to lose market.
Vietnam’s Phu Quoc fish sauce is officially protected for the appellation of origin in all member countries of the European Union (28 countries) and this is also the first geographical indication of Vietnam which is recognized and protected in the EU.
Universal salt iodization promotes the use of iodated salt for producing industrial food products, although it might affect product quality and iodine stability