Canada imports large amounts of fish and seafood from Vietnam, but only 3% to 5% is verified by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA);
In 2016, the Formosa steelworks dumped large amounts of toxic waste, killing a huge number of fish and damaging the Pacific marine ecosystem along the coastline of central Vietnam;
The Mekong River, an aquaculture area producing 60% of Vietnam’s fish exports, is already heavily polluted and could experience further contamination if new polluting facilities are established along its banks; and
Despite these ecological disasters, Vietnamese exports of fish and seafood totalled US$7 billion last year.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to pay special attention to inspections of fish, seafood and derived products from Vietnam in order to ensure they are safe for the Canadian public to consume.
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