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Brazil bans tilapia imports from Vietnam pending review of health protocol

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Published Feb 16, 2024

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Brazil has halted tilapia imports from Vietnam, the only country it imported the fish from in 2023, due to concerns over the TiLV virus potentially harming its domestic industry. The suspension will continue until a health protocol review is completed. This comes after a disease outbreak led to a 32% drop in Brazil's tilapia exports in the first half of 2023, despite the fish accounting for 64% of the country's total fish production of 860,355 tons in 2022.
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By Ana Mano SÃO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture has ordered the immediate suspension of tilapia imports from Vietnam, pending a review of current health protocols, according to a statement on Thursday. The ministry cited specific concerns regarding the "introduction of the TiLV virus", which could harm the domestic industry. The measure was published in the Official Gazette of the Union the day before, according to the statement. The decision was taken after meetings with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture and industry representatives. The ban on tilapia imports from Vietnam will remain in effect until the health protocol review is completed, the government said. Vietnam was the only country from which Brazil imported tilapia in 2023, the Agriculture Ministry told Reuters in a separate statement. The ministry said that Brazil imported 25 tons of tilapia from the Asian country, a trade that represents 118 thousand dollars. According to the most recent data ...
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