Enterprises expect government's official announcement of fish sauce

Representatives from fish sauce enterprises have required a probe concerning Vietnam Standards and Consumers Association (Vinastas)’s information of arsenic level in fish sauce carried out by the Ministries of Health, Industry and Trade and Public Security to reduce losses for small Vietnamese traditional fish sauce villages and enterprises across the country.

At a Vietnamese traditional fish sauce manufacturer (Photo: SGGP)
Gathering in the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers’ headquarter in Ho Chi Minh City yesterday, over 30 representatives from traditional fish sauce enterprises across the country discussed Vinatas’ information of arsenic content in fish sauce.

Deputy Chairman of Fish Sauce Association in the central province of Binh Thuan Nguyen Huy Tien said the Vinatas’ information of Vietnamese traditional fish sauce with high protein content containing high level of arsenic raised public concern and puzzled enterprises. He added that harmful inorganic arsenic can not present during fish sauce processing like Vinatas’ information while organic arsenic, found in fish, seawater and seaweed, is safe for human consumption. Vinatas’ ambiguous information stirred up public and badly affected export.

Owner of Phu Ha Fish Sauce Company in the Mekong delta province of Kien Giang’s Phu Quoc District Nguyen Duy Thao said that he explained to customers for these days about the two kinds of arsenic and that organic arsenic, found in fish, seawater and seaweed, is safe for human yet residents are still waiting for the government’s official announcement.

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By Cong Phien – translated by Anh Quan

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