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#1 okido

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 07:10 AM

Hi All,

Last saturday I went out for groceries and the fish department of a new store in town I found some shrimps.
On the label the country of origen was declared.
To my surprice the declaration was as follows: "Country of origen Vietnam or Malesia".

You can draw the logical conclusion that in case of an food safety affiare one of the countries will be blamed possibly for nothing?

Is this common practice or an incident, who has experiance with this ?????


Have a nice day, Okido



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Posted 17 January 2008 - 08:04 PM

Hi All,

Last saturday I went out for groceries and the fish department of a new store in town I found some shrimps.
On the label the country of origen was declared.
To my surprice the declaration was as follows: "Country of origen Vietnam or Malesia".

You can draw the logical conclusion that in case of an food safety affiare one of the countries will be blamed possibly for nothing?

Is this common practice or an incident, who has experiance with this ?????


Have a nice day, Okido

They are probably just telling the truth, albeit a little naively. It saves on having two label designs, but it cannot be the correct thing to do. I’ve never noticed it before myself. Mind you I don’t study labels too intensely. :biggrin:

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 05:08 AM

Dear Okido,

Absence of such information is a common regulatory issue at import stage (although not everywhere I think).

But excess information ? My guess is still a legal defect. Of course, the original source area of seafood may not necessarily be the same as that for final processing / packing. Perhaps you have encountered a “Green” supplier.
I wonder what the identification was on any bills of lading – only one location my guess, > Problem.

A friend of mine once bought some bags of cooked shrimp in a UK store with no specific info. on the label. The store went into panic mode on being asked the country of origin.

My guess is you could achieve a similar result with this item > conciliatory freebies :drool:

Was the product satisfactory ?

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Posted 18 January 2008 - 11:55 AM

hello Okido,

I think too that's a strange label. Most of the time it's written for example - Malaysia 1, Vietnam 2, see below 1 or 2 in order to know where it comes from. But first I don't know regulatories from the country you bought your product- maybe less restricted from the other ones, second it's possible the factories are not aware of regulatories - so they are wrong concerning this information.
Last, sure that a lot of countries require information about the manufacturing country to inform consumers accurately and clearly, so I think the second explanation is the good one.

Hope it helps you,

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 09:55 AM

Hello Emmanuel,

The statement is rather straigth forward as I mentioned and it is not the one or two system you mention.
In the mean time I checked some EU regulations and to my surprice this way of declaring the country of origin is allowed.
You may specify third countries in case of aqua culture products.

Regarding the taste, difficult to express, but I am not buying this product again.

Have a nice day, Okido



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Posted 23 January 2008 - 09:22 AM

Dear Okido,

Regarding the taste, difficult to express, but I am not buying this product again.


Sounds negative. Could be the store's fault of course. :whistle:


Rgds / Charles.C

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