On July 29, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued the Circular No. 23/2014/TT-BNNPTNT guiding the implementation of the Decree No. 36/2014/ND-CP dated April 29, 2014 of the Government on raising, processing, and exporting pangasius.
Accordingly, the Circular focuses on Dealing with violations against regulations on quality of pangasius products. In particular, Inspectorate shall make the minutes of administrative violations and report Inspecting Authority. Depending on nature and seriousness of violations, inspecting authorities shall suspend the export of pangasius products that violate regulations on moisture, glazing ratio, and labeling and request the facility to destroy or change the purpose of pangasius products violating the regulations on the use of chemicals, additives.
Also in accordance with this Circular’s guidance, If the processing facility fails to submit a report or fails submit a satisfactory report on the remedial measures, the inspecting authority shall carry out a surprise inspection.
If the processing facility keeps committing violations, within 07 working days from the day on which it is concluded that the facility keeps committing violations, the inspecting authority shall make an announcement through the mass media of the name, address of the processing facility, and names of the violating products, and the food safety standards that the processing facility fails to achieve.
If such facility keeps committing violations after the announcement is made through mass media, inspecting authority shall suspend unsuitable product production and ask competent agencies to deal with the case under regulations of law on administrative penalties for violations against regulations on food safety, goods quality.
This Circular takes effect on September 12, 2014
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