25 May 2023

VannameiTip #86

Vibrios in Shrimp: A Time for Concern, or Merely a Moment for Caution?

In our previous Vannamei Tips, we discussed how rain influences harvests and associated elements. Currently, we’re observing that these showers appear to be contributing to the emergence of Vibrios bacteria.

At this point, it is crucial to clarify that our intention is not to instigate panic or hysteria. Our goal is to ensure that both importers and exporters are informed and vigilant. An awareness of the evolving situation can equip everyone to act prudently and responsively.

In recent weeks there have been confirmations of its presence in Ecuadorian shrimp in several European ports. The precise implications of these events, including the total count of affected containers, remain uncertain.

Positive tests for these goods can have profound consequences.

In one port, cargo with confirmed contamination was destroyed, causing significant financial losses for buyers and exporters.

Although Vibrios detections have been reported in various European ports, the manner it is handled remains unclear.

Vibrios is considered a high-risk bacteria. Upon detection, European authorities provide importers with three options:

  • Process the product into fish meal
  • Cook the raw shrimp, then sell it as a cooked product
  • Destroy the confirmed infected cargo

In the event of a positive shipment, exporters are on high alert. Imports from these manufacturers now undergo thorough inspections for each shipment.

While awaiting lab test results, delays in the release of cargo, even when they are cleared, impose additional costs on importers.

In response, Ecuadorian exporters may exhibit increased caution when exporting products to Europe. In turn, European importers might explore measures to reduce risk.

In addressing this issue, the Ecuadorian National Chamber of Aquaculture (Cámara Nacional de Acuacultura, CNA) convened a meeting this week to confer with its members about the current situation. The CNA’s active involvement could prove vital in curbing the damage from this issue, particularly considering their impressive history of resolving similar crises.

When we consider India, while the presence of this bacteria is recognized, the primary product it exports to the EU is of cooked seafood. This suggests that the impact should be relatively minor. We anticipate a similar situation in Vietnam.

Writer’s note:

As this situation is new and ongoing, there might be some inaccuracies in our report. We have chosen to share this information promptly rather than waiting, to ensure exporters and importers are aware of potential risks.

If you possess any information that could enhance our understanding or clarify the situation, please feel free to reach out to us.

If you are an importer or exporter seeking advice, you are welcome to contact us. We are here to help.

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Vibrios in Shrimp: A Time for Concern, or Merely a Moment for Caution?

This post was written by: Lily - Senior Analyst

Lily - Senior Analyst

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