Vietnam: Seafood exports to Japan encounter difficulties with the Doxycycline antibiotic target

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Published Apr 18, 2024

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The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP) has expressed concerns regarding Japan's strict regulations on the antibiotic Doxycycline in imported seafood, which are tougher than those in the EU, China, and New Zealand. These regulations challenge Vietnamese seafood exports to Japan, a key market for Vietnam with imports valued at 1.516 billion USD in 2023. VASEP has urged the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to negotiate with Japanese authorities for more aligned maximum residue limits (MRL) for Doxycycline, aiming to ease the export process while adhering to international standards.
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According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), feedback from businesses exporting shrimp to the Japanese market said that there is currently a major inadequacy related to the Doxycycline antibiotic criteria. in seafood imported into Japan. Specifically, regarding Doxycycline antibiotic criteria, Japan's regulations are said to be "too strict" compared to the acceptance threshold of many other markets. This is causing great difficulties and disadvantages for Vietnamese seafood exports to Japan, because this antibiotic is still allowed to be used in aquaculture in Vietnam. According to preliminary research by VASEP and businesses, currently, many markets do not ban the use of the antibiotic Doxycycline (of the Tetracycline group) in aquaculture and do not test for residues of this antibiotic in aquaculture products. import. Some markets such as the EU, China, and New Zealand test this indicator but all stipulate the maximum allowable residue level ...
Source: Agriculture
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