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Only 30% of consumers in Hanoi believe that foods with safety certificate are safe, according to Nguyen Thi Hong Minh, a former deputy agriculture minister. The proportion in Ho Chi Minh City is higher, at 70%. Test results can be “bought” while other certificates can be easily obtained without any food safety tests, she said.

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Cargill officially inaugurated an $8.5 million animal nutrition plant in Nam Cam Industrial Zone, Dong Nam Economic Zone, Nghe An, Vietnam. The new facility will provide animal feed for livestock and will have a total capacity of 66,000 tonnes per year. It will provide customers with safe, trusted feed that maximizes the performance of their operations, which helps improve food safety across Vietnam’s supply chain. 

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“Right now you have a president, a [Senate] majority leader and a speaker [of the House] who are all pro-trade; There is a pathway forward here,” USTR Michael B. Foman said in an interview, reflecting a seize-the-moment recognition of the changed lineup ahead. Whether that is wishful thinking or a real prospect will have to come into focus well before November because supporters would likely need to begin congressional hearings in September to clear the path for a vote in the lame-duck session of Congress after Election Day. [Photo: Representative Sander Levin and Ambassador Michael Froman]

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc pledged to create a level playing field for enterprises from all economic sectors given the business community’s concerns over discrimination between the State and private sectors. At a meeting held in HCMC Apr 29, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said all enterprises would have access to the Government’s support policies in an equal and transparent way.

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Over 50 US companies attended the “Meet the USA” conference held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US Embassy to Vietnam. US Ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said that he “would like to see the US become the number one investor in Vietnam,” but stressed that US firms were seeking more improvements in the local business climate.

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