Tuesday, January 17, 2012

China - 62,000 cases concerning substandard food were spotted in the first 11 months of 2011

Food safety suffers 'feeble foundation'
Global Times | January 11, 2012 01:30
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A senior Chinese official admitted Tuesday that the nation's food safety still suffered from a "feeble foundation."

Despite achievements made in 2011, the nation will continue to have a hard time ensuring food safety for a quite long time, said Zhang Yong, director of the executive office of the food safety commission under the State Council.

He said problems remained at deep administrative levels, as a large number of food producers and catering operators are running small-scale businesses and some consumers lack knowledge and safety awareness.

New risks emerged with the use of new technology and materials in food production, and environmental pollution in producing areas also posed new challenges to traditional safety standards and tests, he said.

The director said remarkable progress had been made in improving the nation's food safety supervision network but the current system still does not fit in with actual demand, noting that supervision at grass-roots levels is extremely weak and that more efforts are needed to improve supervision and emergency handling capabilities.

Food safety scandals erupted in great numbers in 2011. Authorities busted farmers for adding clenbuterol, a known carcinogen, to pig feed in order to produce leaner pigs, for example.

In late December, milk products by the nation's leading dairy company, Mengniu, were found to contain high levels of aflation, a cancer-causing toxin.

To make the nation's food supplies safer in 2012, the authorities will carry out campaigns targeting six sectors: the rural food market, dairy products, edible oil, liquor, seasonal and festive food as well as food additive management, according to a statement released after Tuesday's national work conference on food safety supervision.

By the latest official count, a total of 62,000 cases concerning substandard food were spotted in the first 11 months of 2011, underscoring the severity of China's food safety problem.

Authorities ordered 43,000 businesses found illegally operating without licenses to cease production, while revoking the business licenses of 576 operators during that period, according to the State Administration for Industry and Commerce.

Japan's "Great Catch".. Antibiotics in Shrimp Farming..NO Vietnam there is no need to use Antibiotics in your shrimp pools!!!

Ok... NOW do you really know whats in your Seafood?
January 8, 2012Vietnam
Japan Rejects Vietnamese Shrimp Because of Antibiotics

In 2011, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Japan rejected 56 shrimp shipments from Vietnam because they contained residues of the antibiotic enrofloxacin.  The shrimp were shipped back to Vietnam.  If the rejections continue into 2012, some shrimp exporters may have to shut down and some, if they get caught again, may face bankruptcy.

Truong Dinh Hoe, General Secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP), said conducting tests on the processed products prior to exports would not be a comprehensive solution to the issue because farmers would still use enrofloxacin in their shrimp feeds.  Asking farmers to stop using the antibiotic is out of exporters’ control, Hoe said.  VASEP has repeatedly urged the General Seafood Department to consider prohibiting the use of enrofloxacin in shrimp feed.

Pham Anh Tuan, deputy head of the General Seafood Department, said, “We are reviewing all of the drugs used in aquaculture and will eliminate all that contain enrofloxacin....”

Source: Tuoitrenews.  Shrimp Exporters Face Shut-Down Due to Antibiotic Residue. January 7, 2012.

Ok.. my 2 Cents worth ;)
Here in Ecuador the use of antibiotics in our shrimp production is against the LAW.. Especially antibiotics from the Fluoroquinolone family! Used to treat bacterias NOT viruses.. I suspect that the Vietnamese farmers were trying to use this above treatment as a broad-spectrum antibiotic hoping to kill nasty buggs that seem to be getting into their pools...without really knowing what they were really trying to protect their shrimp from. Great the Japanese caught these shipments from Vietnam and returned them.. our world wide shrimp farming industry needs to understand NO USE of Antibiotics MEANS DO NOT USE! Except that it looks as though the Vietnamese General Seafood Department is reviewing the use of ALL DRUGS used in aquaculture? What? ALL DRUGS... hey here in Ecuador we use ZERO drugs in our shrimp production... well unless you call adding to the feed some Pro-biotics and for breakfast a little citric acid (orange juice) drugs, as the health of our shrimp is very important to us and our consumers.
Because we care about what you eat.. we will keep you updated :)
My best .. Douglas 

Friday, January 6, 2012

I Agree That SPF Shrimp are Not The Answer To Great Shrimp and Disease Control

January 6, 2012Ecuador
Texcumar—One of the Largest Shrimp Breeding Facilities in Ecuador

With 10 maturation rooms, 100 maturation tanks and the capacity to produce over 50 million nauplii daily, Texcumar is one of the largest shrimp breeding facilities in Ecuador.  In December 2010, it partnered with six large shrimp farms, representing over 7,000 hectares of ponds, to develop a multi-line, mass-selection program focused on improving growth rates and disease resistance.  It’s creating separate lines of shrimp for each of the six farms.

Texcumar does not believe in the utilization of specific pathogen free animals; it believes in the gradual build-up of disease resistance over time using breeding stock that survived on contaminated farms. This model has been successfully used by the dairy cattle industry for over 50 years.

Ecuador now has over 150,000 hectares of shrimp farms.

Information: http://texcumar.com.