Russian vets not so optimistic about repeated inspection of Vietnamese seafood establishments

July 27, 2007 12:50

The Russian vets do not share optimism of their Vietnamese colleagues if speaking of the results of repeated inspection of those plants and farms that are undergoing Russian approval to export their fish products to the Russian Federation, a spokesman of Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) told on 27, July, 2007.

Rosselkhoznadzor admits that the Vietnamese have undertaken measures to eliminate the faults that had been revealed during the first inspection as not in compliance with the Russian vet rules. But not all the plants have fulfilled all the requirements so far, the official said.

At present the Russian vet inspectors are back from Vietnam to prepare a report on the results of the inspection. A final decision as to the list of approved establishments is to be made next week (more precise at the end of July - at the beginning of August). According to Rosselkhoznadzor, next on the agenda are China, Thailand and South Korea.


As was earlier reported by the Vietnamese media, Russian food inspection representatives are "generally" satisfied with the improvement in safety standards at 20 aquaculture breeding and processing facilities in southern Vietnam.

Inspectors from the Federal Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) have wrapped up their 10-day inspection of a catfish breeding area in Ben Tre province and 19 processing facilities in the Mekong Delta.

The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors said the VPSS mission had appraised Vietnamese farmers'recording and monitoring of the breeding process and treatment of breeding ponds.

The inspectors appreciated the Vietnamese firms' efforts to rectify technical problems pointed out by an earlier VPSS team in March, said Vietnamese media.

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