VietNamNet Bridge – As the New Year holidays are coming, contaminated sausage, smoked pork legs made of expired frozen meat, and dried grapes dyed of industrial colorings are slipping into stores and supermarkets. Spoiled pork caught by the police. Lieutenant Tran Anh Tuan, deputy head of the environmental crime prevention police agency (PC49) of Hanoi Police, said that combating unsafe food was still a big problem in the Lunar New Year 2016. In fact, many food processing facilities are using banned chemicals and substances of new kinds, which are hard to guess the name, causing difficulty for the authorities in detection. Lieutenant Colonel Nguyen Van Phac, also from PC49, said that the police recently detected many firms and household-sized facilities processing unsafe food, which were made from expired materials or used toxic chemicals. Among the most popular foods for the Lunar New Year, pork piesare at the highest risk of being contaminated with chemicals and … [Read more...] about How unsafe food reaches Vietnamese’s dining-table?
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As proposed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the Prime Minister agreed to extend rice procurement to August 15 in a bid to stabilise rice prices during the main harvest period in the Mekong Delta. According to MARD’s Plant Cultivation Department, the region’s summer-autumn crop covers 1.68 million hectares, expecting to result in more than 9 million tonnes of unprocessed rice, or 4.6 million tonnes of husked rice. About 680,000 hectares will be harvested each month during the main season, which falls in July and August. The latest statistics show that as of the end of July, about 800,000 hectares of rice have not been harvested, so ending the rice procurement programme at this time would not benefit farmers in some Mekong Delta provinces like Long An, Kien Giang, Tra Vinh and Soc Trang. At present, rice prices in these localities have gone up by VND500-700/kg from the level at the beginning of the harvest, since businesses are accelerating their … [Read more...] about Long-term strategy needed to boost rice export
VTV airs food safety awareness program Bao Uyen By Bao Uyen - The Saigon Times Daily Producers of the “Noi khong voi thuc pham ban” (Say no to unsafe food) program are seen at a meeting to present the program in HCMC last week - PHOTO: BAO UYEN The VTV24 News Center of the Vietnam Television (VTV) station has announced a new program called “Noi khong voi thuc pham ban” (say no to unsafe food) in a bid to raise public awareness of food safety. Launched on VTV24 Channel from April 1, the program provides information about unsafe food and substandard food producers, features consumer comments and shows how to distinguish harmful food from clean and safe one. A seven-minute episode is broadcast live from Monday to Friday on VTV1 channel at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. The program will also be aired on VTV8 and VTV9 channels at other schedules which have not been announced yet. At the launching ceremony of the program last week, HCMC Party chief Dinh La … [Read more...] about VTV airs food safety awareness program
Demand for safe food is rising in Vietnam, and many consumers have become suspicious of goods touted as safe on the local market. This was the focus of a business–consumer connection forum held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on Wednesday. Vietnam seems to be stuck in a circle of trust and moral deterioration between consumers and companies at the moment, and the consequences appear to be a slow erosion in its citizens’ health and a bleak outlook for Vietnamese food industry. Experts said that lack of trust in food processors and sellers, who have far too often been proved reckless in their pursuit of profits, has left food on the shelves which in turn has made it difficult for them to remain “straight”. In recent years, it’s become increasingly common to hear about cases of unscrupulous food sellers in Vietnam using banned chemical in meat or excessive concentrations of pesticide in vegetables to increase or maintain the … [Read more...] about Vietnamese government fails to get a grip on food safety
HCM City Giving High Priority to Hi-tech Development Ho Chi Minh City will assign priority to the development of industries having high scientific and technological content, industries using clean technology, energy-saving technology, new energy, renewable energy and having high productivity and value, biotech industry, and industries serving agriculture and rural development. This information was revealed by Mr Lu Thanh Phong, Deputy Director of the city’s Department of Planning and Investment, at the fourth Trade and Investment Promotion Conference 2012 themed “HCM City economic transformation - economic restructuring paradigm” held recently in the city. The Department of Planning and Investment said HCM City licensed 439 new investment projects with a total registered value of US$2.8 billion in 2011, up 17.07 percent in project and 48.91 percent in value over 2010. As many as 135 operational projects registered to hike their investment capital by US$468.51 … [Read more...] about HCM City Giving High Priority to Hi-tech Development