Seafood safety compliance with hygiene regulations within Vietnamese domestic distribution chains

Phuc Hong Luu (Department of Food Technology, Nha Trang University, Nha Trang, Vietnam)
Michael P Dunne (Department of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Warwick Pearse (Department of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)
Belinda Davies (Department of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia)

British Food Journal

ISSN: 0007-070X

Publication date: 4 April 2016

Abstract

Purpose

In order to improve the safety of seafood in the domestic seafood distribution chains (DSDCs) in Vietnam, a better understanding of current hygiene and practices compliance with government regulations is needed. The paper aims to discuss this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

Infrastructure conditions and documents related to hygiene procedures of 50 trading places were evaluated using checklists. The hygiene handling practices of 135 fish distributors were also observed by using notational analysis methods. This notational analysis method focused on actions related to microbiological contamination in terms of hand washing or glove changing and the cleaning and sanitising of tools and equipment. Additionally, microbiological quality of 135 samples of raw finfish at points along distribution chains was compared with national standards.

Findings

The results indicated that all trading places could be classified as non-compliant or seriously non-compliant with the regulations. The practices of fish distributors were also assessed to be at high risk for contamination of raw fish. The findings showed that approximately 42 and 39 per cent of samples from fishing ports and fish markets, respectively were classified as unacceptable according to the microbiological standards of Vietnam.

Research limitations/implications

The present study is limited to research only from fish landing at fishing ports to the distribution to consumers at retail markets.

Originality/value

Recommendations for improving food safety in the DSDCs in Vietnam have been developed from the findings of this study and are provided. However, due to similarities with fish distribution chains in other countries, these recommendations may have broader application.

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Citation

Luu, P., Dunne, M., Pearse, W. and Davies, B. (2016), "Seafood safety compliance with hygiene regulations within Vietnamese domestic distribution chains", British Food Journal, Vol. 118 No. 4, pp. 777-794. https://doi.org/10.1108/BFJ-07-2015-0234

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