HANOI, March 18 Asia Pulse Vietnam and Italy will cooperate to boost the export of seafood and agricultural products to the European Union (EU).
To this effect, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on food quality control has been signed by Nguyen Tu Cuong, Head of the National Fisheries Quality Assurance and Veterinary Directorate (Nafiqaved), and Romano Marabelli, General Director of the Italian Ministry of Health’s Department of Food, Nutrition and Public Health.
Marabelli said Vietnam should increase food exports to Italy, especially seafood such as shrimp, tra and basa catfish.
He also warned that Vietnam’s food exports must meet hygiene safety standards in order to protect consumers health.
To do this, the Vietnamese representative emphasised the need to raise producers awareness of food safety and increase the control of functional agencies.
To date, 269 Vietnamese enterprises have been permitted to export their products to the EU and Italy.