Tests on seafood, vegetables and water from north-central and central provinces hit by mass fish deaths show they are free from toxins.
Nearly 140 samples of seafood, vegetables and water taken from the four north-central and central coastal provinces that suffered mass fish deaths have been shown to be within permitted levels of food safety, the Department of Food Safety under the Ministry of Health has reported.
In coordination with the National Food Safety and Hygiene Testing Institute, the department collected the samples in Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien Hue provinces.
Ninety-seven samples of seafood were determined to be safe, while the vegetables and water samples were within safe levels.
Deputy Director of the Department of Food Safety, Mr. Nguyen Hung Long, said the department took samples of seafood four times a day - twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon - then sent them to the institute to test for toxins. Most of the seafood samples were caught offshore, he added.
The department will soon inform the government and relevant ministries of the full results and announce them publicly.
Mass fish deaths have been reported in the four provinces since the beginning of April. As at April 25, 70 tonnes of fish had died.
Local fishermen have faced problems since in selling their catch, as consumers fear the fish may be poisoned.