EU Concludes Inspections of Vietnamese Seafood Facilities

European Union inspectors have given the thumbs up to hygiene standards of Vietnamese seafood processing plants after their annual inspection tour concluded.

The EU has praised the hygiene standards of Viet Nam's fish factories

They wrapped up the annual tour with a briefing to the National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved) in Ha Noi yesterday.

The briefing was also attended by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Luong Le Phuong, Trade Counselor of the European Commission (EC) Delegation in Viet Nam Antonio Berenguer and Minister Counselor of the EC Delegation in Thailand , Patrick Deboyer.

They said the Vietnamese facilities have fixed quality problems and gave high marks to the hygiene standards at the bivalve mollusc harvesting zones in Can Gio (Ho Chi Minh City) and Kien Luong (Kien Giang province).

The EU officials made an inspection tour of the Regional Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Centers (Refiqavec) in Nha Trang City and Ca Mau Province, the Refiqavec's laboratory in Nha Trang, the Hon Ro fish port in Nha Trang, the Cat Lo fish port in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, two facilities that produce ice, three fishing vessels, seafood processing plants, raw material suppliers and shrimp breeding farms.

However, an inspector from the delegation said that the standards at fish ports and ice producing plants have not met the requirements set forth by the EU.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Luong Le Phuong committed to tightening the management and control of raw materials and will apply the new quality standards set out by the EU.

Source: VNA

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