Last update: 14:10 | 13/09/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has co-operated with police to combat the illegal injection of gel into shrimps to increase their weight and thus make more money.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has co-operated with police to combat the illegal injection of gel into shrimps to increase their weight and thus make more money. — Photo nhathuocthuy.vn
Pham Tien Dung, chief inspector of the ministry’s specialized inspection unit, said the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department had found many cases of gel injections into shrimps in the past several months.
On September 7, an inspection team in the southern province of Bac Lieu found that a local shrimp trading business injected a liquid made of CMC (Carboxymethyl cellulose) powder. The business, owned by Doan Van Phuc of Dong Hai District’s Long Dien Commune, hired workers to inject the liquid into more than 63 kilogrammes of shrimps. More than 9 kilogrammes of CMC and tools such as needles were seized.
The white powder named CMC becomes a liquid when mixed with water.
The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department reported surprise inspections at 11 shrimp trading businesses in the southern provinces of Ca Mau and Kien Giang had found three that injected the substance into shrimp. The businesses were fined VND200 million ($8,800), each.
Early last month, a business in Ha Noi’s Hoang Mai District was found to inject the gel into 8 kilogrammes of shrimp. Le Quang Long, the business owner, admitted the violation.
Since last year, the departments of agriculture and rural development have inspected more than 10,300 businesses and found that 1,107 conducted the gel injection into shrimp. They were fined up to VND2.4 billion ($105,600) in total.
Violators admitted that each gramme of CMC is sold at about VND28,000 ($1.20). Three grammes of the powder can be made into 50 kilogrammes of liquid, which can be used for one tonne of shrimp.
Inspectors say businesses usually conduct such illegal activities at different times and deploy workers in different places to avoid attention. They have proposed that authorized agencies increase the fines and prosecute violators.