On 25 June 2010,the Director General of the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam (NOIP) signed Decision No. 1150 on granting Geographical Indication (GI) Certificate No. 00019 for the product “MẮM TÔM HẬU LỘC” (HAU LOC SHRIMP PASTE). The People’s Committee of Hau Loc District has become management organization of GI Hau Loc for the product Hau Loc shrimp paste.
Hau Loc shrimp paste is made from a kind of sea small shrimps which has scientific name acetes japonicus fished from Hau Loc sea of Thanh Hoa province and salt. Shrimp paste industry has existed for age-long period, stretches back to the establishing of fishing village Diêm Phố in 12th century. Hau Loc shrimp paste has special flavor,characteristic aroma,smooth sweet taste so it not only has reputation on domestic market but also on international markets. So far, Hau Loc shrimp paste has been exported to Russia,France,and Czech Republic etc.
The reputation of Hau Loc shrimp paste
In Vietnam cuisine, the reputation of Hau Loc shrimp paste is attributed to its typical characteristics which make Hau Loc Shrimp paste completely different from shrimp paste originating from other localities. Gourmets believe Hau Loc shrimp paste is delicious and attractive thanks to its own characteristic taste. Residents in Hau Loc believe the acetes japonicus is the secret of this special taste – the main raw material for producing shrimp paste.