The report, ‘Ripe for Change’, also assesses the policies and practices of some of the biggest supermarkets in Europe and the United States – all of which score poorly on issues such as the treatment of workers and producers in their supply chains.Source: vietnam.oxfam.orgAmong the findings:• Supermarkets keep an increasing amount of the money their consumers spend - as much as 50 percent in some cases - while the share that reaches workers and food producers has fallen - sometimes to less than 5 percent.• Small-scale farmers and workers in the supply chains of 12 common supermarket products are scraping a living. For some products, such as Indian tea and Kenyan green beans, the average earnings of small-scale farmers or workers was found to be less than half of what was needed to ensure a basic but decent standard of living. The gap between a living income and actual income is greater where women make up most of the workforce.• While many workers … [Read more...] about Poverty and inequality major ingredients in supermarket supply chains
Unsafe foods in pregnancy
Hanoi to use 990 billion VND for road upgrade The capital city of Hanoi will spend nearly 990 billion VND (47 million USD) upgrading and expanding a road from Long Bien Bridge to Vinh Tuy Bridge. The municipal People’s Committee approved in principle the project, which will be implemented between now and 2014. The project will construct a 2.5-kilometre section from Long Bien Bridge to Tran Quang Khai road and the other, which is 2.2 kilometres long, stretching from an intersection between Tran Quang Khai and Tran Hung Dao roads to Vinh Tuy Bridge. The Committee assigned relevant departments to work closely together to ensure the progress of the project. HCM City considers road naming standards HCM City People’s Committee has proposed to name new roads after islands and specialties of the Southern areas. They also proposed eight common rules to name roads and public constructions during the 10th meeting about criteria for naming roads. Names of famous beauty spots, … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 11/7
VietNamNet Bridge – Viet Nam still faces long-term threats including A/H7N9 bird flu and new infectious diseases such as Ebola, Zika, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and other problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and unsafe food. Associate Professor Nguyen Cong Khan, director of the Department of Science, Technology and Training under the Ministry of Health (MoH), made these remarks at the national scientific conference on public health, which was held yesterday (April 25) in Ha Noi. In a presentation, Khan said that high blood pressure increased from 1.9 per cent of the total population in 1976 to 27.2 per cent of the total population in 2008. More than 78,400 enterprises violated food safety and hygiene regulations last year, and measles and dengue fever are at high risk for outbreaks. In addition, only half of pregnant ethnic minority women received regular pregnancy examinations, he said. Le Vu Anh, president of the Vietnam Public Health … [Read more...] about Health sector highlights disease, ageing population
VietNamNet Bridge – Unsafe food has become a hot topic in Vietnam - from rotten fat to dried food with maggots. But is it a media induced panic or should Vietnamese people be very concerned about what they are eating? Unsafe food has become a burning issue in Vietnam. Vietnamese people have never had to face so many public food scares. And the risks go way beyond simple stomach upsets as people are increasingly concerned about acute diarrhea and even cancer. According to a scientific conference on food safety held in Hanoi in December 2009, up to 56 percent of food samples tested were infected with chemicals, growth stimulants and processing substances – all of which are potentially damaging to those who eat it. Experts discussed at the conference that more and more types of food are infected with chemicals and stimulants. The recent discovery of food containing listeria monocytegene, which can cause poison and complications related to pregnancy is one … [Read more...] about Is unsafe food poisoning Vietnamese people?
Truck crash kills one student, injures three others A truck killed a student and severely injured three others today in an accident in Bau Lam Commune, Xuyen Moc District in southern Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. The truck reportedly went over to the opposite lane and hit a group of four students from the local Hoa Binh High School, who were on the way to school. The truck's driver and another man who was in the truck were also slightly injured when it fell off the side of the road. The case is under further investigation. Vietnam drink maker hit by boycott, quality inspection after winning fly-in-bottle lawsuit Tan Hiep Phat Group, the maker of several popular drinks in Vietnam, is being boycotted on the Internet and scrutinized by the country’s consumer association, only days after winning a lawsuit that sent one of its consumers to prison. The Vietnamese Consumer Protection Association has received complaints from local residents and authorities in the southern … [Read more...] about Social News 22/12