In June 2023, the European Commission sent a team to inspect conditions to ensure food hygiene and safety in the production, preliminary processing, processing and preservation of Vietnam's exported seafood and discovered some Existence and limitations in sanitary conditions of establishments in the production and processing chain, especially at establishments in the initial production stage (exploitation and aquaculture); The effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement in state management is not high. In order to urgently fix errors in the control system and continue to maintain Vietnam's reputation for quality and safety of aquatic food, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development requested the Department of Quality and Processing. and Market Development:
Source: Gia Vien Gov
Organize training classes and instructions for officials working in food safety management of local agencies to assess, inspect and monitor food safety conditions at pre-processing facilities. processing facilities (purchasing, preliminary processing, ice production facilities) that meet current regulations. In the immediate future, it will be deployed to establishments in the seafood production and export chain to the European (EU) market.
Develop and submit to the Ministry to promulgate a Food Safety Control Program for seafood chains exported to the EU to ensure that establishments participating in the chain must fully meet EU regulations and Vietnamese regulations and be approved by competent authorities. Vietnamese authorities control and ensure food safety, EU authorities recognize them on the List of permitted exports to the EU. Completed before September 30, 2023.
Source: Dover Seafoods
Carry out appraisal and assessment of compliance with Vietnamese and EU regulations and standards on food safety for preliminary processing facilities providing raw materials and semi-finished products to export processing facilities and warehouses. Independently preserve finished aquatic products exported to the EU market; Register to request the EU to include the names of preliminary processing facilities and independent warehouses preserving finished seafood products in the List of facilities allowed to export to the EU in case the appraisal and assessment results meet the requirements;
Advise and submit to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development a nationwide database framework on food safety management at agricultural, forestry and fishery production and business establishments and traceability.
Autor: Jue Hang | Vasep (Traslated from the original in Vietnamese)