Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh has asked concerned ministries to check and clarify press reports and information about invasive red-claw crayfish.
|The police seize 49kg of red-claw crayfish in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son.|
The press reported that significant amounts of invasive red-claw crayfish were still being offered for sale on the domestic market.
Red-claw crayfish is an invasive species and imports of the species were banned in 2013. However, it continues to be available for sale.
Deputy PM Bình, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for fighting against smuggling, commercial fraud and counterfeit goods, asked the Ministry of Finance to oversee the work.
The ministry will collaborate with the ministries of Agriculture and Rural Development, Industry and Trade, and National Defence to conduct inspections.
The ministries must define responsibilities of concerned organisations and individuals on the case to mete out proper punishments based on the laws, and report the investigation results to the Deputy PM. — VNS
Red-claw crayfish are still being sold in HCM City despite the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s ban.
On Saturday, police in Lang Son Province seized 50kg of crayfish being transported in a coach.
The Market Watchdog Department said it would tighten inspections along northern border provinces to prevent the import of banned red-claw crayfish into Vietnam.