Frequently asked questions
Why be concerned with over-treatment of fish?
Treating seafood with chemicals is intended to help retain moisture before freezing. It is an old practice that has become a standard industry practice.
The idea is that chemical treatment is supposed to help frozen seafood retain its moisture and improve appearance. To do this, seafood is soaked in a chemical additive solution during processing. The most common additive used is a chemical called sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP), commonly denoted as E number E451. The longer the fish soaks, the more chemical and water will be absorbed into its flesh. If the fish is of adequate quality and freshness, then light chemical treatment probably won’t effect things very much one way or the other. However, fish can also be over-treated in this manner.
Over-treating can compromise the integrity of the seafood by causing it to absorb more water than is necessary. This increases the weight and the price, while decreasing the flavor and texture. It is almost impossible to tell if a fillet has been over-treated until it’s cooked. Only when cooked will an over-soaked fish shed the excess water, causing the portion to shrink. The texture of the fillet turns mushy and it will often fall apart. The excess water appears as a whitish liquid that will blow off any coating, cause havoc with deep friers, and dilute any sauce it is prepared in.
We believe that when producers use fresh, premium ingredients like those Vinh Foods uses, then this treatment is optional but not necessary. This is why we only offer our premium fillets either lightly-treated or non-treated. It’s the best way to ensure Vinh Foods’ customers get the greatest value with firm, flaky, and flavorful fillets.
Why is traceability so important for fish?
Consumers today are interested in a more sustainable and healthier diet than previous generations. They are also more skeptical. This means that more consumers want to know the source of their food and whether it was sustainably and responsibly produced. Traceability provides confidence and speaks to the quality and safety of a food product. Traceability is important for the following reasons:
- Visibility: It is a clear signal that both the producer and the seller are transparent and have a commitment to the quality and accountability of the food they serve.
- Response: In the event that something goes wrong, traceability helps stakeholders respond more quickly by providing instant relevant information.
- Trust: Traceability instills trust upfront and helps the food industry and regulators to maintain confidence with consumers concerning the safety and resilience of the food system.
- Prevention: Traceability makes it easier to determine the cause of a problem by tracing it to the roots/source, thereby preventing future problems.
What does it really mean to farm sustainably?
All farming activity effects the environment, including aquaculture. Sustainable farming means actively managing an agriculture or aquaculture operation with the goal of minimizing environmental impact to acceptable levels. There are many factors to consider when farming fish sustainably, such as water quality, waste treatment, and keeping the farmed species from escaping into the wild. Sustainable aquaculture accomplishes these goals with a combination of know-how, technology, and good management practices.
How do certifications translate into quality?
Certification is the evidence that an organization is upholding the high standards set by a professional body. Certifications require adherence to rigorous standards and typically involve an external audit of a company’s processes. Certifications are also a mark of guarantee that the product is exactly what it says it is and that it does what it says it will do, thus confirming its quality. When it comes to seafood, certifications are proof that when we say we are sustainable, responsible, and maintain rigorous standards to provide Vinh Hoan customers with the best quality, we mean it. Vinh Hoan is proud to have earned every major international certification there is, including ASC, BAP, GlobalGAP, AquaGAP, ISO 14001 and 9001, BRC 2005, and IFS Version 4.
Can I see your operations myself?
Yes! We love transparency almost as much as we love visitors. As a leading aquaculture producer, Vinh Hoan feels a responsibility to maintain the highest production processes, safety standards and quality management achievable in the aquaculture industry. We are very proud of what we have achieved here and invite visits from food professionals, our customers, other stakeholders, and journalists. We hope you find Vinh Foods interesting and we would love to show you more. For visit enquiries, contact us through the button below or call any of our representatives. We hope to see you soon!