THE MINISTRY OF AQUATIC RESOURCES
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SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIET NAM
Independence - Freedom - Happiness
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No: 07/2001/CT-BTS
Hanoi, September 24, 2001
 
DIRECTIVE
PROHIBITING THE USE OF CHLORAMPHENICOL AND MANAGING CHEMICALS AND VETERINARY DRUGS IN THE PRODUCTION OF AQUATIC GOODS
In late August and early September 2001, several shrimp lots of Vietnam exported to EU were detected to be infected with chloramphenicol, thus leading to a situation that the Europe Commission issued Decision No. 2001/699/EC of September 19, 2001, requesting EU member countries to force the chemical inspection of all shrimp lots exported or originated from Vietnam, and to quickly inform the inspection results to all EU member countries.
In order to maintain export tempo, protect the prestige of Vietnam’s aquatic products on the world market, and avoid bad consequences which may occur in the exportation thereof to the EU market, the Minister of Aquatic Resources instructs:
1. To absolutely prohibit the use of chloramphenicol in the whole process of producing aquatic breeds, rearing aquatic animals, preliminary processing, preserving and processing aquatic products. The use of other antibiotics in aquaculture shall have to strictly comply with regulations of the Ministry of Aquatic Resources.
2. For the Aquatic Product Quality and Hygiene Supervision Control Center:
a) To implement in October 2001 the enhanced inspection plan, covering:
- Taking samples for the enhanced inspection of the norms of chemicals and veterinary drugs, especially chloramphenicol, in aquatic farming areas, focusing on semi-intensive and intensive farming areas and areas affected with epidemics;