Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is? Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
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The threat of contaminated food in Vietnam shows no sign of disappearing with ‘fake’ beef now a hot topic. Khuong Tran Phuc Nguyen, head of the inspection division under the city’s animal health department, said that local authorities have detected many cases involving fake beef meat produced by drenching pork or buffalo into chemicals. “Some facilities also produce venison and porcupine’s meat using a similar procedure,” Nguyen added. On April 2, the department found an illegal buffalo meat import facility on Nguyen Thi Thuy Street in Tan Phu Trung Commune, Cu Chi District, Ho Chi Minh City, during an inspection. There were 2,200 kilos of frozen buffalo meat imports from India waiting to be processed into beef, which was then supplied to provincial markets and eateries, inspectors said. In February, the department also detected Binh Hanh Co. Ltd. in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, using sodium metabisulfite and cow blood to transform pork into beef, … [Read more...] about In Vietnam, fake beef challenging locals
Shipments are being sent back due to high levels of antibiotics and heavy metals. South Korea is the latest foreign market to strengthen inspections for banned antibiotics in shipments of shrimp from Vietnam. This is not the first time South Korea has issued warnings about frozen shrimp shipped from Vietnam for violating food hygiene and safety standards. In 2013, South Korean food safety authorities ordered heightened inspections of shrimp imported from Vietnam for a year to ensure that they were not contaminated with ethoxyquin residue, a synthetic antioxidant that is not approved for use as a direct food additive fit for human consumption. Similar warnings from other key export markets such as Japan have become more frequent. The past 30 percent of shipments of shrimp exported from Vietnam to Japan have been subject to checks for traces of a variety of antibiotics, including chloramphenical, an antibiotic sometimes used by Vietnamese shrimp farmers to kill bacteria and promote … [Read more...] about Vietnamese shrimp exports under more toxic scrutiny
Facilitating Vietnamese Shrimps to Penetrate Japanese Market For less than three years, Vietnam's shrimp has been repeatedly warned by Japan with 3 antibiotics and chemical exceeding the standard level of this country. In 2010, Vietnam shrimp industry fluctuated when Japan applied new regulation of inspecting Trifluralin sample with the frequency of 30 percent in shrimp imported from Vietnam. At the same time, Japan also warned that if it detected a batch of shrimp infected by Trifluralin, Japan would immediately apply the 100 percent inspection regulation. To maintain business operations and keep customers and markets, shrimp exporters had to spend countless billions of Vietnamese dong to control residues of Trifluralin. With effort, Vietnam shrimp eliminates Trifluralin, shrimp exports to Japan have tended to increase again. But almost immediately after, Enrofloxacin was put into consideration to be inspected. After Enrofloxacin, on May 18th, the Japanese Ministry of Health … [Read more...] about Facilitating Vietnamese Shrimps to Penetrate Japanese Market
VietNamNet Bridge – Top officials have urged local authorities in the Mekong Delta to devise solutions to cope with long-term problems that could affect export and production of rice, catfish and shrimp this year. “Authorities and localities should work together closely to cope with long-term problems and meet buyer demand,” said Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at a meeting held in Dong Thap Province yesterday. “Associations should also strengthen their role in the business community.” The deputy PM noted that policies supporting agricultural exports must be carefully reviewed before implementation so that anti-dumping lawsuits and other negative consequences can be avoided. He also urged the Mekong Delta provinces to establish a Tra Catfish Association. At the meeting, authorities announced that 211,000 tonnes of the winter-spring rice in Mekong Delta provinces had been bought for temporary stockpiling since February 20. This followed the Prime … [Read more...] about Rice, seafood exports in Mekong Delta face tough market this year