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International Workshop on Food Safety of Aquaculture Products in Southeast Asia




Challenges in Sustaining the Food Safety of Aquaculture Products

8-9 May 2013 | Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City, Philippines

Organized by SEAFDEC/AQD with funding from GOJ-Trust Fund



Food safety, quality, and traceability are major issues that presently confront the aquaculture industry not only in terms of protecting public health but also of meeting the requirements of international trade.  Aside from environmental issues arising from aquaculture, the presence of chemical residues and pathogenic organisms in cultured organisms may render aquaculture products unsafe for human consumption and fail to meet international standards, guidelines, and recommendations.

Because of better awareness of the importance of food safety of aquaculture products, consumers now demand that fish should be produced in accordance with responsible farming practices. Responsible and sustainable farm practices and proper surveillance of contaminants, such as antibiotics, pesticides, and pathogenic microorganisms, with appropriate analytical methods are important to ensure wholesome and safe aquaculture products. In addition, the traceability, in terms of origin and authenticity, of aquaculture products is a major concern to food safety regulators and international trading partners because of increased food transport across borders.  Failure to secure food quality and safety would incur dire economic impacts and create potential human health problems. In the Southeast (SE) Asian region, aquaculture production remarkably increased especially in the last decade and accounted for 45 % of total fisheries production in 2010 from only 22 % in 2000 (FAO, 2012). The rate of increase in aquaculture production is also higher in SE Asian region than in the world (47 % in 2010 while 31 % in 2000). This trend suggests that securing quality and safety of aquaculture products are now becoming an imperative concern in our region.

SEAFDEC Aquaculture Department will hold a 2-day international workshop on food safety of aquaculture products in order to promote and influence regional initiatives in securing wholesome and safe aquaculture commodities in the ASEAN region. This workshop will have funding support from the Government of Japan.


Topics for the International Workshop on Food Safety of Aquaculture Products in SE Asia:

1. Country Reports

Status reports from SEAFDEC Member Countries on food safety and traceability of aquaculture products in their respective countries as wells as available methodologies for detection of contaminants and regulations and recommendations available in the Member Country.

2. Contributed Papers on the following topics

Food safety and traceability, good aquaculture practices (GAP), HACCP, fish nutrition and health management for food safety, toxicological and public health aspects of contaminants in aquaculture products, integrated analytical, chemical, and biological approaches for food safety and traceability of aquaculture products including new techniques and tools, reliability and comparability of analytical data (especially using simple mathematical and graphical methods), and training needs assessment in Member countries.

3. Workshop Discussion – “Identification of research gaps and research collaborations among Member Countries”

Needs and requirements of Member Countries on setting food safety standards of aquaculture products and integration of personnel into CODEX standards setting process; Special needs of Member Countries for learning procedures and methodologies for detection of contaminants and assessment of exposure risks; application of knowledge and utilization of available resources and training needs of personnel in Member Countries


Expected outputs

At the end of the workshop, participants will acquire knowledge, technologies, and recommendations necessary to integrate SEAFDEC Member Countries into food safety and traceability standards setting process involving aquaculture products in their respective situations.  It will also increase their awareness and commitment to promote wholesome and safe aquaculture products.


Participants and resource persons

SEAFDEC member countries and those from academe and other organizations who are researchers, aquaculturists, extension workers, fish farmers, and/or seafood processors will be invited. Resource persons are scientists and researchers from SEAFDEC AQD and invited experts from other institutions.


Workshop fee

Category Before After
31 March 2013
International participant
Student USD 50 USD 75
Non-student USD 200 USD 250
Local (Philippine) participant
Student PHP 2,000 PHP 2,500
Non-student PHP 3,000 PHP 3,500


Fees cover the cost of registration, materials, field trips (optional), accident insurance, and meals. The workshop will be held at Hotel Del Rio, Iloilo City, Philippines on May 8-9, 2013.  Participants will be billeted at the workshop venue, other hotels or inns in Iloilo City.



For payment of registration fees, you can remit to SEAFDEC/AQD’s bank account with details indicated below:

Beneficiary Name (Account Name): SEAFDEC/AQD – International Workshop on Food Safety
Beneficiary Address: Bgy. Buyu-an, Tigbauan, Iloilo, Philippines
Bank: United Coconut Planters Bank
Beneficiary Account No.: 11-307-000115-9 (Dollar account); 10-307-000187-9 (Peso account)
Bank Swift Code: ucpbphmm
Branch: Iznart Branch
Bank Address: Iznart St., Iloilo City, Philippines

Kindly furnish us a copy of your deposit slip by sending it through fax no. (+63 33) 511-9177 or email @ iwfs@seafdec.org.ph if payment has been done.



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For confirmation of attendance, please contact the following:

Ms. Margarita Arnaiz
Secretariat, Int’l Workshop on Food Safety of Aquaculture Products in SE Asia
E-mail: iwfs@seafdec.org.ph
Telefax: +63 33 5119070

For hotel reservations:

Hotel del Rio
M.H. Del Pilar Street Molo,
Iloilo City, Philippines
Phone: +63 33 335-1171 to 75
Fax: +63 33 337-0736
E-mail: hoteldelrio@gmail.com

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