Update news food safety
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Council has officially approved the establishment of a Department of Food Safety in the city, the first such provincial-level agency in the country.
The capital city of Hanoi encourages the expansion of safe fruit businesses while clamping down on fruit shops that do not comply with food safety protocols, specifically street vendors.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan said that sanctions will be imposed to change food safety maintenance in food processing from the encouraging state to compulsory one.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is investigating reports of vegetables sold in supermarkets being marked with fake Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practices (VietGap) labels.
Cambodian authorities will conduct an inspection of instant noodles imported from Vietnam that are alleged to contain banned substances ethylene oxide said to exceed the permit limits set by the EU, according to Vietnam’s Trade Office in Cambodia.
Nearly 48 percent of vegetable and fruit samples at three wholesale markets in HCM City were found having pesticide and heavy metal residue. Some products even had seven plant protection chemicals.
As the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday is only one month away, the demand for food and drinks for the country’s largest holiday has sharply increased at both physical and online stores.
Associate Professor, Dr. Chu Hoang Long from the Australian National University (ANU) on May 23 expressed his belief that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), once effective, will boost two-way trade thanks to eased tax barriers.
The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is expected to send a working team to Vietnam to evaluate the country's food safety control system for tra fish for the second time, from March 2 to 13.
Four out of six projects to build modern industrial slaughterhouses in HCM City have been delayed due to sluggish administrative procedures and lack of approval for building permits.
Vietnam was ranked fourth in Southeast Asia and 54th in the world on the Economist Intelligence Unit food security index.
As Vietnam’s population continues to grow, coupled with increasing incomes and the rising demand for new food and beverage markets, issues related to sustainability and food safety management standards have become crucially important.
The animal husbandry industry has set an average growth target of 4 to 5 percent per year from 2020 to 2025, and 3-4 percent in 2026-2030.
JICA signed a grant agreement with Vietnam on October 17 to provide over 1.2 billion JPY for a project to enhance laboratory capacity of the Reference Testing and Agrifood Quality Consultancy (RETAQ) Centre.
The fact that Japan forbids the use of benzoic acid as a preservative in chilli sauce while Viet Nam allows it does not indicate the country’s slack food safety standards, Viet Nam’s food administration said.
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