[Industry news] Vietnam relaxes pangasius moisture content rules

April 10, 2017

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Vietnam is relaxing its rules governing the maximum ice ratio and moisture content of pangasius fillets for export, according to a new directive issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The new rules are expected to take effect May 5.

The new rule, which provides regulations and standards for frozen pangasius fillets, sets the maximum ice and moisture ratios at 20 percent and 86 percent, respectively.

The new ratios compare with current guidelines mandating a 10 percent ice ratio and 83 percent moisture ratio provided in a 2014 decree.

Because of persistent objections from seafood firms, the rule on ice and moisture contents in pangasius fillets was postponed until the end of 2015.

However, the rule appears to have never come into force because of ongoing opposition.