Bangladesh is now free to export frozen fishes including shrimps to the European Union countries as the European Parliament on Thursday lifted its safeguard measures imposed earlier on frozen fish import from Bangladesh.
Director General of the Department of Fisheries (DoF) Syed Arif Azad told the media.
The European Union (EU) decided to withdraw the safeguard measures imposed in 2008, following detection of veterinary medicinal products and unauthorised substances in frozen fish exported to the EU from Bangladesh.
The EU in its new decision stated, "Based on the results of the FVO mission's audit and very low number of non-compliant consignments, it appears unnecessary to require that consignment of the products imported to the EU from Bangladesh be accompanied by analytical test." Accordingly, the EC is going to repeal the decision. The EU audit was carried out in Bangladesh on April 20-30 this year to evaluate controlling residues and contaminants in live animals and animals, including controls on veterinary medicinal products. The audit report also said the system in place for residue control in aquaculture offers guarantees equivalent to the requirements laid down in EU legislation. The number of non-compliant consignments has also decreased significantly, it added.
Meanwhile, the commercial counsellor of Bangladesh Embassy in Brussels has confirmed the EU move to the local authority. He mentioned that the decision would be officially made public in the coming weeks.
In 2009, western buyers rejected consignments worth Tk100 crore following detection of salmonella, filth and antibiotics in shrimp exported from Bangladesh.
The country also faced a condition of 20 per cent mandatory testing in 2010, when the buyers found use of antibiotics in exported shrimp, which was a stringent requirement for local exporters. The testing requirement, however, was withdrawn a year later.