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Seafood Chemical Hazards #2 & 3 from natural environment and by Humans

Chemical hazards include water, food contact materials, cleaning agents, pest control substances, contaminants (environmental, agricultural and process e.g. acrylamide), pesticides, biocides, and food additives.

Where are they coming from?

There are 3 origins:

  1. Exist or formed naturally from the species
  2. From the animals’ s living environment or accidentally addressed by huma
  3. Added with purpose

2. Hazards from Environment or accidentally addressed by human

     A. From Environment

  • Heavy Metal: Pb, Hg, Cd from industry waste, hospital, domestic wastewater affecting the fishery water.
  • Pesticides (Agricultural influences)

Mercury, fish and gold miners - Encyclopedia of the Environment

     B. Chemical Hazards accidentally addressed by humans (without recognition)

  • Residues of Veterinary Drugs in raw materials (Incorrect application drugs in Aquaculture)
  • Antibiotics: using prohibited antibiotics (INF, Chloramphenicol, …) or overuse legal antibiotics like Tetracycline,…) in Aquaculture.
  • Assisted Reproductive Drugs: Progesterone, Testosterone, …
  • Detergent, antiseptic, motor oil used in the production incorrectly can have a chance to affect the goods.
  • Aflatoxin: frequently exist in food from nuts or cereal.

Antibiotic Residues: How Contaminated Is Our Food?

      C. How do Vietnamese control this?

NAFIQAVED and some associations of aquaculture resources protection regularly arrange many inspections of the farms/ factories. The results will be released monthly to every branch/ office of the company. Hence, when buying the inputs, we can refer to the residue test results of NAFIQAVED.

3. Chemical Hazards are used in food purposely

There are several chemicals used in food manufacturing with deceitful purposes

  • In order to preserve the goods, Borat and urea are used illegally to have a fake good-looking appearance which is very harmful to consumers.

Cách nhận biết hải sản tẩm urê

  • Sulfite was allowed with limitation by some countries to preserve shrimp not turning dark spots. This must be written on the label since Sulfite can cause allergy.

4-hexylresorcinol: sulfite-free control for melanosis in crustaceans « Global Aquaculture Advocate

  • Overused food additives or banned industrial color can affect badly human health

Food and Food Additives Business - NGU그룹 en

      How to manage?

  • Actively control and supervise strictly in using food additives.
  • Regularly updates used chemicals info.
  • Randomly test samples when having any suspicion.

We’ll see you in part 2 of this series: Seafood Hazards#4- The physical Hazards

Please stay safe and be aware of your sourcing.

Warm Regards!

An Phat Foods Team

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