Following recent inspections carried out by General Administration of Customs of China (GACC), China has informed Ecuador’s Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investment and Fisheries of the lifting of the suspension on exports by Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila to China.
This is a result of GACC’s confirmation that the company meets all the quality standards required by the Chinese government.
The news was issued through a statement that indicates that the company in question has fully applied the ‘COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses’ published by the FAO and the WHO. José Antonio Camposano, Executive President of the National Chamber of Aquaculture, said that the industry welcomes the news, since this verifies that high biosafety standards are met, confirming that Ecuadorian shrimp is a healthy and safe product for all consumers.
‘The authority (GACC) verified that Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila complies with all biosecurity protocols and therefore today it can resume its exports to China,’ he said.
The GACC virtual inspections allowed China to validate that Santa Priscila meets the rigorous compliance with the biosafety and safety protocols, thus ratifying the excellence of the Ecuadorian shrimp sector and the global quality of this product, as stated by the Ecuadorian Minister of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries, Iván Ontaneda .
Industrial Pesquera Santa Priscila has been producing and exporting shrimp since 1976, and for more than 40 years it has met the highest standards of quality and safety in its products and respecting current national and international regulations, including Codex Alimentarius, INEN regulations, European Union DG SANTÉ regulations and the US FDA. Currently, it leads the ranking of exporters in the country, according to the August report of the America Economy Magazine of Ecuador.
China accounts for 60% of Ecuadorian shrimp exports, making it the main export destination for Ecuador’s primary non-oil production.
National Chamber of Aquaculture states that Ecuador will continue to work closely with the Chinese government and GACC to ensure the Chinese consumers will get the best quality shrimp, a goal shared between Ecuador and China as well as our shrimp producing industry. The Chinese demand for shrimp is expected to continue to grow and Ecuador is both committed and proud to be in partnership with China to meet her consumer needs.