Vietnam denies EU fish safety concerns
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers has claimed that the mass fish deaths that happened in the central region have not affected the supply or quality of the country's seafood exports.
The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers has claimed
VASEP made the claim after the European Union on May 24 sent a document to its members warning them about Vietnam’s mass fish deaths and urging them to tighten control over Vietnamese seafood exports.
According to VASEP, the EU's warming document cited information from Wikipedia about the fish deaths in the four provinces of Quang Binh, Ha Tinh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue. To date, the cause of the disaster has still not yet been announced.
However, the information has also worried EU importers about the quality of Vietnamese seafood products.
VASEP said that most of Vietnam's seafood products exported to EU come from Danang City and the southern coastal provinces of Binh Dinh, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen, Binh Thuan, Kien Giang and Ca Mau which were not affected by the disaster.
The association also added that after the fish death disaster, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development gathered off-shore caught fish samples for testing and then the result showed that seafood products in the four provinces at the centre of the disaster were safe.
The MARD's Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance has instructed seafood processors not to buy dead fish and carefully track the origins of seafood they plan to export.
It has been a whole two months since the mass fish deaths were reported in central Vietnam and despite the government claiming they know what caused the deaths, they have still yet to release the information.
Earlier this month, the Ministry of Science and Technology admitted it had collected enough evidence to prove the cause of the deaths, and the still secret proof is scientifically convincing.
However, the ministry claimed that irrefutable scientific evidence wasn’t sufficient to make a public announcement and would need to delay any news based on the collection of legal evidence.
The government claim the official cause of the disaster would be revealed apparently later this month.