Vietnam adopts system to trace seafood origins

The Government has drafted procedures that will allow the origins of seafood to be traced through the entire cycle from farms to export companies.

Harvesting shrimp at Nam Can forest in the southernmost province of Ca Mau. It is the only place in Vietnam to develop an ecological shrimp farming model and it is recognized by European organizations (Photo: SGGP)

Initially, shrimps and tra catfish in the Mekong Delta will be traced.
Tran Bich Nga, deputy head of the National Quality Control of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, told Sai Gon Giai Phong that importers had urged the Government to apply international tracing standards to check products more thoroughly and professionally.
With processors, purchase agents, farmers, and breeders asked to clearly record origins and addresses, poor quality products can be withdrawn, thus allowing seafood quality to be improved.
An official from the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers said with Vietnam exporting seafood to 145 countries and territories, having in place procedures to trace the products would enable the country to build global brands.

By Ph. Hau – Translated by Hoang Chuong

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