Viet Nam catfish meets Italian safety standards
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HA NOI — Italian
authorities confirmed that Vietnamese basa catfish reached hygiene
and food safety standards sufficient to continue consumption on the Italian
The declaration was
sent via an official letter on Tuesday by Romano Marabelli, Head of the
Department for Veterinary Public Health, Nutrition and Food Safety under
the Italian Ministry of Health, to Luong Le Phuong, deputy minister of
Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
"We have informed
the Parliament that no risks exist associated with the basa imported
from Viet Nam," Marabelli wrote.
neither our country nor the EU Commission have ever adopted restriction
measures on imports of basa from Viet Nam".
would like to assure you that no further problems have occurred in Italy
concerning the consumption of the fish imported from your country."
Previously on April
13, Phuong sent a letter and documents to prove that the fish reached
quality and food safety standards and that the water where the fish were
cultivated in was not polluted after many negative articles on Vietnamese
catfish appeared in Italy.
Phuong said the
official letter from Italy would have a positive effect on the Italian
market as well as other export markets that had seen negative information
about the catfish, including Egypt and Spain.
"There is a large
demand for the fish in Italy, so the Viet Nam trade office there and
domestic enterprises exporting the fish should contact importers directly
to provide correct information about the nutrition and cultivation
environment for Italian consumers," Phuong said.
He said the ministry
plans to invite a delegation of Italian enterprises to Viet Nam to
participate in ‘Vietfish’, a seafood and basa products exhibition
that will take place on June 12.
He said he expected
the visit would provide participants with reliable information about
Vietnamese basa and other seafood products.
"For a long-term
target, Vietnamese seafood exporters should further improve quality,
hygiene and food safety of basa to protect the reputation of the
fish on the world market," Phuong said.
Tran Thanh Hai,
Vietnamese Commercial counsellor in Italy, said Vietnamese exporters should
inform their Italian partners about the quality and safety of their basa
products. — VNS