The legal system, organising mechanism and the performance of Vietnamese agencies in charge of controlling the quality and safety of seafood production at both central and grassroots levels have met European Commission (EC)’s regulations.

The assessment was made after a group of EU inspectors conducted a fact-finding trip to the Vietnamese agencies last year, the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (NAFIQAD) has said.

However, the mission also pointed out shortcomings relating to hygienic conditions at pre-processing facilities, including fishing boats, ports and fish-raising farms.

NAFIQAD has asked provincial Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development to continue the awareness work and training on food safety for boat owners and managers at fishing ports, farms and purchasing agents.

Agro-forestry-fisheries quality assurance branches are also required to intensify their inspection over hygienic conditions at the pre-processing facilities.

Businesses that process aquatic products for export are asked to use materials verified by municipal and provincial agro-forestry-fisheries quality assurance branches.-VNA