return icon

Fake world’s best rice products flooding in the market

Products which claim to feature the ST25 rice strain which was crowned the World's Best Rice at a recent contest have flooded in the Vietnamese market.



Agricultural engineer Ho Quang Cua, (third from left) receives the prize of the World's Best Rice 2019



Premium fragrant rice ST25, the product of a group of experts led by agricultural engineer Ho Quang Cua from the southern province of Soc Trang, has been named as the best in the world for flavour this year. This is the first time Vietnam has won the competition’s top award.

According to agricultural engineer Ho Quang Cua, to date, rice ST25 has been provided to around 20 shops in HCM City for trial sale. However, in reality, hundreds of local shops are selling phony product at prices which are even higher the genuine variety.    

Many shops even use the photos of the Vietnamese delegation being awarded the World's Best Rice title in the Philippines to attract customers.

To deal with the problem, Cua has temporarily halted the ST25 supply to the market while waiting for his company to finish the branding for the product.

Pham Huu Vinh, business manager of Tan Vuong Company in An Giang Province, said that his company had signed contracts to buy some rice varieties from Cua’s company, including ST24 which is sold under the label of Cat Tuong.

Lately, he said he had seen the online sale of fake rice ST25 bearing the Cat Tuong brand posted by a shop in HCM City’s District 10. Following his forceful complaint, the sale has been removed.

According to HCM City market management authorities, counterfeiting is becoming more complicated and the public and businesses need to play more of a role.

Meanwhile, Nguyen Van Sanh, acting head of Can Tho City’s Market Management Board, said that he had not yet heard of fake ST25 rice. Until now, his agency had not found any cases.

According to Nguyen Trung Kien, deputy chairman of Vietnam Food Association, his agency mainly focuses on rice export activities. Regarding the fake ST25 rice, he said that rice companies need to co-operate with authorities to tackle the problem urgently.

Economist Tran Huu Hiep added management agencies can use technologies to check the product origin as well as quality, so why do fake products still exist. He raised questions over the loose management over this.

Authorities have to strictly deal with fraud, including the sale of fake products, to protect customers’ rights and authentic producers, Hiep emphasised.

Professor Vo Tong Xuan, principal of Nam Can Tho University, suggested that producers need to give specific information to help people distinguish between fake and true ST25 rice.

Authorities of Soc Trang Province on Monday organised a meeting to hail the three-person team who bred and improved Vietnam’s ST25 rice.

The researchers are comprised of engineer Ho Quang Cua and experts namely Tran Tan Phuong and Nguyen Thi Thu Huong.

On behalf of the team, engineer Ho Quang Cua thanked provincial leaders for the support they had provided over the past 20 years to make the rice variety.


Philippines, Ivory Coast emerge as Vietnam’s largest rice export markets

Philippines, Ivory Coast emerge as Vietnam’s largest rice export markets

The Philippines and the Ivory Coast have outstripped China to become the two largest consumers of Vietnamese rice, according to figures released by the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Vietnam’s rice price surprisingly low despite high quality

Vietnam’s rice price surprisingly low despite high quality

Vietnam is famous as one of the world's biggest rice exporters, but its export price is low.


Ho Chi Minh City to set up large economic zone in 4 districts

HCM City plans to establish an economic zone of ​​up to 26,000 hectares in ​​four districts in the 2025 - 2030 period.

Colorful crabs raised as pets by animal lover

Dogs as pets, sure. Cats, absolutely. Birds and rabbits, of course. But crabs? Really? It turns out that one man in Hanoi is so crazy for crabs he has dozens upon dozens of them as pets.

Vietnamese GDP set to rank third in ASEAN by 2027

Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP) in ASEAN is expected to expand considerably over the next five years, with its rankings rising from sixth this year to third by 2027, according to the latest forecast made by the IMF.

Attractive sites in HCM City vandalised with graffiti

Multiple sites in HCM City, including bus stops, metro trains and the newly opened Thu Thiem 2 Bridge, have been vandalised with graffiti.

FDI poured into real estate sector doubles

Real estate sector attracted 3.5 billion USD in foreign direct investment (FDI) the first nine months of this year, accounting for mearly 19% of total FDI that the country lured in the period, coming second among sectors in terms of FDI attraction.

Gia Lai province has new Chairman

The Government has confirmed Mr. Truong Hai Long as new Chairman of the Gia Lai provincial People's Committee.

Investors dump shares in panic, VN-Index drops nearly 46 points

The VN-Index officially lost the 1,110-point mark, retreating to the bottom made in February 2021 in the first trading session of October on October 3.

First Vietnam monkeypox case returns from Dubai

The Ministry of Health confirmed on October 3 that a woman returning from Dubai has infected with the monkeypox virus, the first case recorded in Vietnam so far.

Coca-Cola injects US$136 million into Long An plant

Coca-Cola Beverages Vietnam Co., Ltd is poised to start development on a beverage factory with total investment capital exceeding US$136 million in Phu An Thanh Industrial Park of Ben Luc district in the southern province of Long An.

List of 48 websites showing signs of law violation announced

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC)’ Authority of Broadcasting and Electronic Information has announced a list of 48 websites showing signs of law violations as of the end of the third quarter.

Secretary of Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee expelled from Party

The Party Central Committee decided to expel Secretary of the Hai Duong Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Council Pham Xuan Thang from the Party during the first working day of its sixth plenum in Hanoi on October 3.


Hanoi seeks UNESCO's recognition for Mo Muong

Seven must-visit destinations in Vietnam for coffee connoisseur

From the 19th century until now, coffee has taken a journey to become an irreplaceable part of Vietnamese culture and life.

Petrol prices fall to over a year record low of VND21,000/litre

Petrol prices tumbled to the lowest level in more than a year in the latest adjustments made on October 3 by the Ministries of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance.

Foreign ODA and concessional loans reach 15.5% of target

Disbursement of foreign official development assistance (ODA) and concessional loans has been slow, achieving only 15.48% of the target, the Ministry of Finance reported.