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Problems with Certification


If the shrimp farming industry does not change its ways, it will be unable to export, according to a recent seminar on disease-free shrimp production in Ho Chi Minh City.


Pham Van Dong, head of the Department of Animal Health, said: Recently six markets — Australia, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil and Mexico—have said they would only buy shrimp products with disease-free certification in accordance with World Organization for Animal Health regulations or other authorized certification agencies.  The above markets account for 25 percent of Vietnam’s total shrimp exports, meaning it would cost the country   $800 million a year if it lost its markets in those six countries.


Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said shrimp processors and exporters are deeply worried about the disease-free certification requirement.  It will be hard for them to quickly meet the demand, he said.


Nguyen Van Long, head of the department’s seafood veterinary division, said the department has a program to enable firms to meet regulations set by importing countries since 2014, but the shrimp farmers don’t pay attention to it.


Only Vietnam-Australia Seafood Corporation (Viet-Uc Seafood) and Huy Long An Company have participated in the program to develop disease-free shrimp breeding facilities.  Viet-Uc Seafood has basically met the criteria to be recognized by Vietnam’s Department of Animal Health.


Source: Vietnam Plus.  Shrimp Exporters Told to Improve Methods.  July 7, 2017.