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Jelly Injections Add to Weight and Price


The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been working closely with police to combat illegal injections of jelly-like substances into shrimp, a process that increases their weight and price.


Figures from Vietnam’s Agriculture Department revealed that of the 10,300-plus business inspections carried out by the agency in the past year, approximately 1,107 instances involved shrimp injections!  In total, the businesses were fined over $100,000.


On September 7, 2017, a team from the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department discovered an illegal injection operation at Dong Hai District’s Long Dien Commune, where workers were injecting carboxymethyl cellulose powder (CMC) into more than 138 pounds of shrimp, said Pham Tien Dung, a chief inspector at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.  When combined with water, the initially powdery CMC becomes a liquid, adding heft to the product.  Authorities confiscated more than 19 pounds of CMC, plus injection needles, during the inspection.


Source:  Executive Editor, Cliff White (  Vietnam Contending With More Cases of Gel-Injected Shrimp.  Madelyn Kearns (  September 27, 2017.


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