Vietnam loosens radioactive monitoring on Japanese seafood imports

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has decided to apply normal monitoring measures on seafood products imported from Japan.

Vietnam to apply normal monitoring measures over Japanese seafood imports

Vietnam to apply normal monitoring measures over Japanese seafood imports

The decision, which would take effect from September 1, was made based on positive radioactive monitoring results on Japanese food imports by the Department of Animal Health and Department of Plant Protection over the past two years.

MARD requested that Departments of Animal Health, Plant Protection, and National Agro-Forestry Fisheries Quality Assurance direct their subordinate agencies to remove strict monitoring measures on Japanese food imports.

The decision came after a recent proposal by the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) to remove radioactive monitoring measures on frozen seafood products imported from Japan in order to enhance competitiveness and lower costs for Vietnamese importers.

Monitoring results over the past time showed that after the radioactive leakage incident in Japan in March 2011 the Vietnamese and Japanese sides have both applied strict radioactive monitoring measures at ports and they have found no radioactive risks present.

Previously, MARD requested that food imported from Japan’s four prefectures– Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, and Tochigi after March 11, 2011 must be kept at ports for radioactive supervision. As a result, any products that were found containing radioactive substances above the acceptable levels had to be returned to their home country.