Seafood processors or aquaculture farmers are likely to face heavy fines or even legal prosecution for selling products with chemical traces following rejected shipments from overseas.
The Binh Thuan seafood department said it had taken random checks on processors and growers in the southern provincial and found 30 instances of antibiotic residues such as chloramphenicol in the 230 seafood samples. The most contaminated products were dried cuttlefish, fresh cuttlefish and frozen octopus.
Any sample with a high level of chemical traces will be transferred to the HCM City branch of the National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary directorate (NAFIQAVED) for further investigation, the agency said.
Local authorities said they are trying to take stricter measures on quality control of exported seafood products. Last week Japanese authorities reported destroying a shipment of seafood from Vietnam that had chloramphenicol and antibiotic residues.