New programme to tighten control of catfish exported to US

Illustrative photo (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a safety control programme designed for Siluriformes fish (mainly tra and basa) and related products exported to the US market as part of efforts to adapt to new changes in the market. The programme, starting from September 1, 2017, will apply strict supervision on all stages of fish farming, processing and exporting. Qualified products must satisfy 85 criteria of the US regarding veterinary medicine, 106 criteria on pesticides, 4 on dyeing chemicals, 17 on metals and 8 in biochemistry. In case a fish batch gets warnings from the US authorized agency, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) will request the processor to trace origin of the batch, while investigating reasons why the batch fails to meet food safety requirements. The department will also halt the facility’s Siluriformes fish export to the US, while handling its violations. In early July, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it will apply new regulations in import under the inspection programme for Siluriformes fish from August 2 instead of September 1 as stated earlier. Under the regulations, authorized agencies in the exporting country must submit to the FSIS documents to prove that the country’s food safety control system is equivalent to that of the US. The MARD’s new programme aims to demonstrate the equivalence and minimise refusals of fish batches export to the US, thus reducing…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a safety control programme designed for Siluriformes fish (mainly tra and basa) and related products exported to the US market as part of efforts to adapt to new changes in the market. This programme which will come into effect on September 1, 2017, will apply strict supervision on all stages of fish farming, processing and exporting. Qualified products must satisfy 85 criteria of the US regarding veterinary medicine, 106 criteria on pesticides, 4 on dyeing chemicals, 17 on metals and 8 in biochemistry. In case a fish batch gets warnings from the US authorised agency, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) will request the processor to trace the origin of the batch, while investigating reasons why the batch fails to meet food safety requirements. The department will also halt the facility’s Siluriformes fish exports to the US, while handling its violations. In early July, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it will apply new regulations on imports under the inspection programme for Siluriformes fish from August 2 instead of September 1 as stated earlier. Under the regulations, authorised agencies in the exporting country must submit to the FSIS documents to prove that the country’s food safety control system is equivalent to that of the US. The MARD’s new programme aims to establish the equivalence and minimise refusals of fish batche exports to the US, thus reducing costs for enterprises. According to the Vietnam…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a safety control programme designed for Siluriformes fish (mainly tra and basa) and related products exported to the US market as part of efforts to adapt to new changes in the market. This programme which will come into effect on September 1, 2017, will apply strict supervision on all stages of fish farming, processing and exporting. Qualified products must satisfy 85 criteria of the US regarding veterinary medicine, 106 criteria on pesticides, 4 on dyeing chemicals, 17 on metals and 8 in biochemistry. In case a fish batch gets warnings from the US authorised agency, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) will request the processor to trace the origin of the batch, while investigating reasons why the batch fails to meet food safety requirements. The department will also halt the facility’s Siluriformes fish exports to the US, while handling its violations. In early July, the US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it will apply new regulations on imports under the inspection programme for Siluriformes fish from August 2 instead of September 1 as stated earlier. Under the regulations, authorised agencies in the exporting country must submit to the FSIS documents to prove that the country’s food safety control system is equivalent to that of the US. The MARD’s new programme aims to establish the equivalence and minimise refusals of fish batche exports to the US, thus reducing costs for enterprises. According to the Vietnam…... [read more]

On August 10, 2017, the Food Safety and Inspection Service published in the Federal Register a notice announcing an educational meeting to discuss the new mandatory catfish program. The Final Rule, titled ‘Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived from Such Fish,’ went into effect as of August 2, 2017, to abide with direction from the US Congress. In line with those instructions, all shipments of imported Siluriformes fish and fish products entering the US must be presented at an Official Import Inspection Establishment for reinspection by FSIS personnel. Fish of the order Siluriformes include fish of several families including catfish (fish of the family Ictaluridae), basa, tra, and swai (fish of the family Pangasiidae), and clarias (fish of the Clariidae family). FSIS will present information on the upcoming full implementation of the regulatory requirements at official domestic establishments that process Siluriformes fish and fish products, as well as information on entry procedures and reinspection at official import inspection establishments. FSIS is particularly interested in soliciting participation from representatives from US domestic wild-caught operations that process Siluriformes fish and fish products. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport and Convention Centre in Memphis, TN, on Thursday, August 24, 2017; 9 am– 3pm CT. Source VOV ... [read more]

China will possibly become the largest importer of Vietnamese tra (catfish) in 2017, according to the Viet Nam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). Viet Nam earned US$235.5 million from exporting tra fish to China, including the Hong Kong market, in the first 10 months of this year, an increase of 76 per cent compared with last year. In the last two years, the value of traexports to China has continuously increased, VASEP said. In the first six months of this year, China ranked the third largest importer of Vietnamese trafish, occupying 14.8 per cent of the domestic market share, behind the United States and the European Union, with 23.7 per cent and 16.8 per cent, respectively. According to the Vietnam Trade Promotion Office in China’s Chongqing City, China’s demand for Vietnamese trafish has rapidly increased recently because of its reasonable prices. Chinese customers mainly imported the fish for processing fast food in restaurants, hotels, refectories and flights. The United States is currently the largest importer of Vietnamese tra fish and has been maintaining its strong growth since early this year. However, in the future, Viet Nam will certainly face difficulty in exporting trafish to the US market because of the US Department of Agriculture’s Final Rule, which came into effect in March this year to regulate locally raised and imported Siluriformes fish. Under the rule, an 18-month transitional implementation period is applicable to both domestic and international catfish producers. This may make China the largest importer of trafish…... [read more]

More processors meet standards to export fish to U.S. Trung Chanh CAN THO – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recognized 12 more Vietnamese pangasius processing firms as meeting requirements to export their products stateside, bringing the total to 57. The recognition has been confirmed by the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Natiqad) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. FSIS agreed to add the firms to the list of processors that meet standards to export to the U.S. market as proposed by Natiqad following the country’s program to inspect Siluriformes fish, including pangasius. Natiqad has called for the 12 pangasius processors to actively check their shipments bound for the U.S. to meet FISIS’s requirements. Currently, four pangasius processors in Vietnam are waiting for FSIS’s recognition. Natiqad will discuss with FSIS to add them to the list soon. Earlier, FSIS detected pangasius shipments of Tan Thanh Loi Co Ltd and Nam Song Hau Joint Stock Co containing banned antibiotics and sent a notice to Natiqad. This will affect FSIS’s evaluation of Vietnamese pangasius processors waiting for its recognition from March 2016 to August 2017.... [read more]

All tra shipments to U.S. subject to checks Trung Chanh CAN THO – All shipments of Siluriformes including tra and basa fish of Vietnamese enterprises will be checked and certified to meet food safety requirements before they are allowed for export to the U.S., the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) said. The checking period will be valid from July 15 to October 15 this year, Nafiqad announced on July 5. Particularly, checks will apply to shipments of processing plants which have been recognized by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to meet the requirements for export to the U.S. Only the fish products certified by the agro-forestry-fisheries quality centers under Natiqad can go stateside. Natiqad has asked Siluriformes fish processing and exporting enterprises that have met the criteria to apply for food safety certificates. The regional agro-forestry-fisheries quality centers should inform local fish exporters of registration procedures and issue food safety certificates for shipments bound for the U.S. The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) is asked to help its members, especially Siluriformes fish exporters, and get updates about the required checks and procedures. Around 58 Siluriformes fish processing plants in Vietnam have met FSIS’s requirements to sell their products to America.... [read more]

U.S. recognizes more Vietnam fish processors Trung Chanh CANTHO - The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has approved two more Vietnamese processors of fish in the Siluriformes order, including farmed tra (pangasius) and basa fish, to export their products to the U.S. The approval took to 60 the total number of local fish processing factories that meet requirements for export to the U.S., according to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad). FSIS under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) added Hua Heong Vietnam Food Industry Co Ltd (DL 175) and Cuu Long Seafood Import Export Joint Stock Company (DL 714) to the list of firms eligible to sell fish to the U.S. after Nafiqad requested earlier this month. However, to avoid any problem during the exporting process, Nafiqad under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development asked the two companies to actively review their control systems to ensure meeting FSIS requirements. They were also told to register with the agro-forestry-fisheries quality assurance centers in the localities where they are based to get certificates for fish export to the U.S. Earlier in September 12, Nguyen Nhu Tiep, head of Nafiqad, signed Document 1889/QLCL-CL1 requiring firms that had never exported fish to the U.S. to stop registering for the recognized exporter list in the 18-month transitional period from early March to late-August 2017 in line with an inspection program for fish in the Siluriformes order. In the transitional period, FSIS only approved adding Vietnamese enterprises to the list if these…... [read more]

OCB and HPU come together The Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank (OCB) signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with its 13th university partner, the Haiphong Private University (HPU), on September 23. The agreement marks a step forward in the relationship between the two. OCB will provide a tuition fee collection system for the university and other preferential banking services such as free current account or education account opening, while HPU will work with OCB in promoting the bank's brand and in other activities. OCB granted scholarships to HPU students to mark the signing and committed to work with it in several programs relating to job consultancy and internships. "OCB appreciates this relationship with HPU, which is the first university in the north we have signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with," said Mr. Truong Dinh Long, Deputy CEO of OCB. "The relationship will support the university and its students in financial solutions." With much experience from working with other universities and with major financial capacity, OCB will provide the most convenience banking and financial services to the university's education objectives. OCB has received a Vietnamese Excellent Brand Awards every year since 2014 and is one of the 500 fastest-growing Vietnamese enterprises. Its strategic plan for the 2016-2020 period aims at making it one of the strongest banks in Vietnam. Overseas Vietnamese eye local real estate According to the State Bank of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City branch, overseas remittances transfered to the city reached US$ 3 billion in early September this…... [read more]

Tra fish being processed. Now 60 Vietnamese firms are allowed to export catfish to the US. — Photo VNA HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Food Safety and Inspection Service, the public health agency under the US Department of Agriculture, has allowed two more Vietnamese firms to export Siluriformes fish to the United States. According to the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD), this brought the number of Vietnamese firms allowed to export Siluriformes fish to the United States to 60. The two new firms are Hua Heong Food Industries Viet Nam and Cuu Long Fish Import-Export Corporation. NAFIQAD asked the two firms to actively check its catfish products to ensure requirements of the US Food Safety and Inspection Service are met. In addition, firms must register to get certificates for seafood exports at one of the NAFIQAD branches, which was compulsory to export catfish to the United States. From the beginning of October, certification for seafood exports will be conducted via the national window system. According to NAFIQAD, the United States will inspect food hygiene and safety of Siluriformes fish products exported from Viet Nam to the United States, expecially tra and basa fish, from July 7 to October 15. Recently NAFIQAD asked firms which have never exported Siluriformes fish to the United States to stop registering for exporting to this market. It said the United States would not permit new exporters with no previous experience in exporting Siluriformes fish to the country during the period of evaluating the food…... [read more]




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