The rampant use of toxic additives during the food processing and production process in Vietnam is posing a risk to public health. Ho Chi Minh City currently lacks the ability to control the safety of the majority of the food sold in the city, said the municipal Union of Science and Technology Associations. The three wholesale markets of Binh Dien, Thu Duc and Hoc Mon alone receive around 1,000 tonnes of vegetables and fruits per day, while the city needs around 650-700 tonnes of meat per day. Authorities have detected stimulants such as axit gibberellic GA3, and clenbuterol in these products. Many of the products sold at Kim Bien Market, known for its sale of aromatic spices and food additives, lack clear points of origin. A litre of artificial stock flavouring costs just VND260,000 (USD12.44). Five spoons of this flavouring can replace natural ingredients. In Hanoi, customers can also easily find hundreds of such additives at Dong Xuan Market or Hang Buom Street, including … [Read more...] about Major failures in food safety threaten public DTiNews
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Food sector to come under strict monitoring (03-04-2006) A worker at Hoa Mai Company conducting a quality check. — VNA/VNS Photo Huy Hung HCM CITY — Health inspection agencies should tighten their control over food producers and traders in order to ensure public safety, says director of the Health Ministry’s Food Hygiene and Safety Department Tran Dang. Dang said that tighter management was essential to the success of the Health Ministry’s new food licensing policy, which took effect last week. Under the decision, producers and traders of ten different kinds of food—from street-side soup vendors to hotel restaurants—will have to apply for licenses. The policy will be overseen by ward, village and district-level people’s committees and applies to food businesses that serve under 200 customers. Larger hotels and restaurants will have to seek licenses from provincial authorities and city preventative medicine centres. The regulation of … [Read more...] about Food sector to come under strict monitoring
Food additives pose potential health risk (30-10-2008) A Ha Noi food inspector checks the hygiene and quality of ready-made-food at a pork pie shop at Keo Market in Gia Lam District. Overuse of additives endanger consumers’ health. — VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI – Doctors have warned that the overuse of additives in processed foods could threaten consumer health. The warning follows a report by the Ministry of Health (MoH) of 3,904 food-poisoning cases that killed more than 50 people during the first eight months of this year. The report indicates that about 55 per cent of total food-poisoning cases occurred in homes. Other cases were caused by food consumed at collective kitchens, wedding ceremonies and family parties. A low rate of 6.6 per cent of the food-poisoning cases mentioned were contracted from street vendors. The main causes of the cases were believed to be excessive toxins and micro-organisms in the food. Doctors at HCM City’s Cho Ray Hospital … [Read more...] about Food additives pose potential health risk
Artificial trans fat, which has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, will be banned in food supply by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA announced its preliminary determination in a statement that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not " generally recognized as safe" for use in food. The agency said the preliminary determination is based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said "While consumption of potentially harmful artificial trans fat has declined over the last two decades in the United States, current intake remains a significant public health concern." Hamburg added that the ban on use of trans fats in processed food could prevent an additional 20,000 heart attacks and 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year in the United States. Consumption of trans fat raises low-density lipoprotein … [Read more...] about FDA to ban artificial trans fat in processed foods
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?