The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development sent an official document on November 09 to the Chairman of People’s Committee of provinces and cities directly under the Central about enhancing the management of trading and using antibiotics in aquaculture.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), antibiotics prohibited in aquaculture have still been sold in stores even if they are fakes or disqualified, are allowed to be traded in Vietnam, and fail the regulations of labeling. The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department has discovered residues in seafood samples such as Enrofloxacin, Ciprofloxacin, Ofloxacin and Chloramphenicol.
So as to end such violation and enhance the efficiency in managing veterinary medicine, reduce the risks of antibiotics residues, and protect the health of customers, MARD requests Chairman of People’s Committees of provinces and cities directly under the Central to give instructions in managing, trading, and using veterinary medicine, especially antibiotics, in accordance with legal regulations related to livestock production, aquaculture, and animal health. Besides, institutes are requested to promptly deploy solutions to food safety.
Provinces and cities are requested to effectively control the trade, transportation, and use of veterinary medicine, biological and chemical products used for treating and rehabilitating the environment in seafood grow-out ponds. Inspecting groups should be sent to stores selling veterinary medicine, biological and chemical products used for treating and rehabilitating the environment in aquaculture. Besides, these groups must take samples for testing quality, carrying out the confiscation, destruction and punishment on violations or report to competent authorities about violations related to criminal cases. They must also check the use of veterinary medicine, especially antibiotics in aquaculture facilities, and strictly handle violation cases as regulated.
Local competent authorities must strictly handle organizations and individuals trading and using veterinary medicine, especially untraced, disqualified, prohibited and fake antibiotics.
MARD requests provinces and cities to check, inspect, investigate and strictly handle cases related to illegal trade of veterinary medicine on social media or online channels and violations related to marketing and selling veterinary medicine.
Animal health and fisheries institutes must manage farming areas and facilities, instruct farmers with farming processes for disease safety assurance, disseminate them not to overuse antibiotics, use material antibiotics, and prohibited antibiotics in aquaculture.