ST25 rice, or batch of frog thighs and pomelos from Vietnam, when exported to the EU, has residues of agricultural chemicals exceeding the prescribed level.
The National Office of Notification and Inquiry on Sanitation, Epidemiology and Quarantine of Vietnam (SPS Vietnam Office), said that it had just received 2 official dispatches from the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the export of agricultural and aquatic products. of Vietnam have residue levels of agrochemicals in excess of EU regulations.
Accordingly, on October 6, the Ministry of Industry and Trade issued an official dispatch on the recall of a batch of fragrant rice like ST25 of a Vietnamese brand in Belgium. This consignment was carried out by an exporting company that did its own rice quality inspection in consultation with the Belgian Federal Agency for Food Chain Safety (FASFC).
The test results showed that the consignment had a pesticide residue level of 0.017 mg per kg of tricyclazole, according to EU regulations, the maximum allowed residue level is 0.01 mg per kg.
Therefore, the above company actively posted a recall notice, asking customers not to consume this batch of product and return it to the warehouse for a refund. Because of proactively posting recall information on the Belgian FASFC page, this product has not been included in the European Commission’s Rapid Alert for Food and Feed (RASFF).
In addition, residues of harmful substances in some agricultural and aquatic products of Vietnam exported to the EU market were also warned. Recently, the Dutch Health Agency discovered chlorpyrifos ethyl chemical in a shipment of bitter melon of an enterprise exporting to the EU market. Along with the Netherlands, Spain also discovered the banned substance profenofos of this company.
In another case, the Italian Health Agency detected undeclared sulphites in an export shipment of crustaceans and seafood from a Vietnamese enterprise. Or, Norwegian and French health agencies detected nitrofurans (furazolidone) in frozen frog thighs and propargite and fenobucarb in pomelos imported from Vietnam.
Before the above warningsThe Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Spanish Ministry of Health, and relevant agencies at EU border gates have all been notified and will improve quarantine measures for related goods lines imported from Vietnam.
In September, on the alert system of RASFF, there were a total of 386 warnings for consignments of countries importing or circulating on the EU market in violation of food safety regulations, in which violations on microbial contamination 84 lots, pesticide residue levels: 72 lots, mycotoxins: 30 lots, veterinary drug residues 5 lots and other violations.
SPS Vietnam Office recommends, businesses need to master the regulations of the importing country and strictly comply with the regulations of the import market, to ensure that they are not recalled or warned of violations, to avoid affecting the reputation of the business.
For aquatic products, it is necessary to control, manage and use in accordance with regulations on the quality of animal feed in aquaculture and strictly control hazards that cause food insecurity during preliminary processing. , Processing.
For rice, vegetable and fruit products, it is necessary to control, manage and use in accordance with regulations on plant protection chemicals, strictly control hazards that cause food insecurity during preliminary processing. , pack; strengthen traceability, manage growing areas…