12:25 | 13/05/2015 Economy- Society
The Saudi Arabia Embassy in Hanoi has reported that a series of Vietnamese-originated agricultural product and food shipments were returned or given warnings by importers because of quality, hygiene and safety violations.
Many products were contaminated with bacteria and chemicals, and improperly packaged. Certain varieties of rice, black pepper and cashew nuts failed to register information such as colour, length and broken rice percentage and information of the product’s source of origin and quantity in the Arabian language.
Meanwhile, some kinds of noodle and frozen shrimp also broke regulations, such as their net weight was not written in the Arabian language, and contain fat of unknown origin and bacteria.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has issued several warning to exporters as the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has strictly applied food hygiene, safety and brand name regulations.
A Conformity Assessment Programme has been implemented by Saudi Arabia. All imported products require a Certificate of Conformity to enable them to be cleared through Saudi Customs.
Source VOV News