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Food Law in Vietnam, by Russin & Vecchi

Russin & Vecchi, International Legal Counsellors have prepared a memo that compares, analyzes and discusses the Food Law in Vietnam.

Click here to download Food Law in Vietnam, by Russin & Vecchi (March 2019).

Introduction

Understanding Vietnamese laws and regulations concerning food can be a challenge. The confusion results from the lack of a unified food law. Instead, the government relies primarily on laws which regulate the quality of goods in general. There are also specific regulations that apply these laws to food products. This means that there are two sets of regulations, one covering goods in general, and the other covering food products, and they often overlap.

A discussion of Vietnamese food law must begin with a discussion of the management of the quality of goods. The major law on the subject is the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods. This Law states that “he State shall implement a uniform system to control the quality of goods.”1 However, “in cases where international treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a party contain provisions which differ from the provisions of the Law, the provisions of such international treaties shall prevail.”

The Law on the Quality of Products and Goods came into effect on 1 July 2008 and replaces the Ordinance on the Quality of Goods. The Law provides that manufacturers and traders must take responsibility for the quality of the goods or products that they manufacture or trade in order to ensure safety for humans, animals, plants, property and the environment, and to enhance the productivity, quality and competitiveness of Vietnamese goods and products.

The Ordinance on the Hygiene and Safety of Foods, which came into force on 1 November 2003, deals specifically with some aspects of food. In particular, this Ordinance details provisions on “securing food hygiene and safety in the process of food production and sale; preventing and overcoming food poisoning and diseases which are spread through foods.”

In language similar to the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods, the Ordinance on the Hygiene and Safety of Foods states that:

All Vietnamese organizations, households and individuals as well as foreign individuals and organizations that produce and trade in foods within the territory of Vietnam are subject to Vietnamese law. In cases where international treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a party, contain provisions which differ from the provisions of the Ordinance, the provisions of such international treaties shall apply.

These two legal documents give the Ministry of Science and Technology (“MOST”) overall responsibility for the quality of goods, including foods. Specific responsibility for the hygiene and safety of foods, however, is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health (“MOH”). Before the enactment of the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods, the Government issued Decree 179/2004/ND-CP dated 21 October 2004 (“Decree 179”) on state management of the quality of products and goods. Decree 179 details the responsibility of the MOST and of certain other ministries and branches with respect to the quality of goods. The MOH is fully responsible for the safety and hygiene of foods. However, in case of overlapping responsibilities between these two ministries, MOST is responsible to report to the Prime Minister in order to receive a final decision. Decree 179 was promulgated to implement the now abrogated Ordinance on the Quality of Goods. While a new decree to implement the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods and to replace Decree 179 is not yet in place, such provisions of Decree 179 that are not contrary to the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods remain applicable.

Italian Food Galore at Parkview from Jun 14 – 25

Italy – a country know for love, passion and, of course, good food. Experience one of the most diverse culinary cuisines in the world and enjoy our great selection of Italian dishes during our Italian Food Galore festival available from 15 to 24 June 2012 at Park View.

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Season’s Greetings at Park Hyatt Saigon


FESTIVE SPREAD IN OPERA

Helping guests to celebrate the festive period, Opera offers a gourmet fete with special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus. The epicurean delights, handcrafted artisan breads, and free flowing Moet & Chandon Brut, available in all holiday promotions, are sure to immerse you in the spirit of the season.

Park Hyatt Festive Season

Christmas Eve provides a six-course pilgrimage to tantalize the palate, featuring:

  • Fresh Herb Seared Tuna with Veal Mousse and Caper Berry
  • Appetizer Sharing Plate: Wagyu Tartare, Cured Salmon, Buffalo Mozzarella, and Caponata
  • Parma Ham and Burrata Cheese Raviolo with Parmesan Butter and Truffles
  • Watermelon and Campari Sherbet
  • Seabass Fillet with Clams Guazzetto and Artichoke – or – Roasted Angus Tenderloin with Baby Dalat Vegetables and Barolo Wine Chanterelle Mushroom Sauce
  • Chocolate Mille Fuille, Black Forest Semi Freddo, and Silver Leaf with Frozen Coconut Snow

VND 1,900,000++ per person, food only
VND 3,200,000++ per person, with free flow Moet Chandon Brut

Christmas Day we present a meal that embodies the importance of family, with shared tasting plates for everyone to enjoy. The feast includes:

  • Family Style Antipasti
  • White Beans Soup with Shell Fish
  • Roast Stuffed Turkey with Sausage, Taleggio, and Mushroom Sauce
  • Mustard Marinated Roast Lamb Leg with Gravy
  • Roast Beef Rib Eye with Green Pepper Corn Sauce
  • Rosemary Potatoes
  • Tomato Goat Cheese Salad
  • Traditional Opera Christmas Dessert Platter

VND 1,600,000++ per person, food only
VND 2,500,000++ per person, with free flow Moet & Chandon Brut
VND 800,000++ for kids under the age of 12

Our New Year’s Eve dinner welcomes in 2012 with a six-course gastronomic bang, including:

  • Marinated Bocconcini Mozzarella and Cherry Tomato Confit
  • Salmon Tartare, Sesame Seared Tuna, and Sea Scallop Carpaccio
  • Warm Poached Veal with Wild Mushrooms, Edible Flowers, Arucola Pesto
  • Barolo Wine Granita with Blueberries
  • Omaha Grilled US beef Tenderloin with a Milanese Risotto Cake, Honey Glazed Leeks and Rosemary Black Truffle Sauce – or – Roasted Atlantic Cod with Lobster Spinach Cannelloni, Baby Vegetables, and Spicy Prawn Bisque
  • Mascarpone White Chocolate Cannoli with Poached Summer Fruits, and Ginger Bread Crumble

VND 1,900,000++ per person, food only
VND 3,300,000++ per person, with free flow Moet Chandon Brut

For more information or enquiries, please contact Opera at +84 8 3520 2357 or email: [email protected]

EAT, DRINK, AND BE THANKFUL

The perfect place to savour the holiday spirit this year is at Square One. Featuring an array of culinary celebrations and an endless flow of bubbly, our Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve menus will inspire the palate, satisfy the senses, and create warm memories for years to come.

Our Christmas Eve Dinner is a perfect way to start the holidays with an unforgettable dining experience. The six-course menu includes:

  • Ocean Trout Tartare with Crème Fraiche and Trout Caviar
  • Family Style Platter: Serrano Ham, Olives, Cheese, Duck Terrine, and Prawn Cocktail
  • Wok River Prawns with Spicy Crustacean Sauce
  • White Peach and Raspberry Bellini Sorbet
  • Angus Beef Tenderloin with Wild Mushrooms and Foie Gras Sauce – or – Char Grilled Barramundi Fillet with Pomelo Salad, Mint, Chilli, and Lime
  • Bombe Alaska, Cherry Ice Cream, Chestnut Christmas Cake, and Wild Berry Soup

VND 3,300,000++ per person, food only
VND 4,300,000++ per person, with free flow Moet & Chandon Brut

Stimulating the senses, the Christmas Day Roast celebrates the holidays with a family style feast, including:

  • Tasting Plate with a Selection of Chef’s Appetizers
  • Spiced Gazpacho with Crab and Melon Salad
  • Roast Turkey Roll with Sage
  • Roast Pork Belly with Quince
  • Roast Lamb Shoulder with Moroccan Spices
  • Home-style Gravy, Cranberry Relish, Quince Aioli and Spicy Colslaw
  • Roast Root Vegetables with Herbs and Aged Vinegar
  • Asparagus with Lemon Vinaigrette and Manchego Cheese
  • Traditional Square One Christmas Dessert Platter

VND 1,900,000++ per person, food only
VND 2,800,000++ per person, with free flow Moet & Chandon Brut
VND 950,000++ for children under 12

On New Year’s Eve, bid 2011 a fond farewell and usher in 2012 with a delectable six-course menu including:

  • Foie Gras with 24ct Gold Leaf
  • Dressed Crab, Ocean Trout Ceviche, and Marinated Octopus
  • Char Grilled Scallops with Lemongrass and a Citrus Salad
  • Garden Salad with Figs, Hazelnuts, Pancetta, and Black Truffle Mousse
  • Wok Fried Black Garoupa Fillet with Green Peppercorns – or – Wagyu Sirloin with Chanterelle Mushrooms, Spinach an Sauce Perigourdine
  • Hazelnut Praline Soufflé with Hot Valhrona Chocolate Ganache

VND 3,800,000++ per person, food only
VND 4,900,000++ per person, with free flow Moet & Chandon Brut

For more information or enquiries, please contact Square One at +84 8 3520 2359 or email: [email protected]

About Park Hyatt Saigon

Park Hyatt Saigon, a 244-room hotel, is a central landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, located within walking distance to the business district and various cultural and historical sites. It features French colonial inspired rooms; a pillar-less ballroom with a drive-in vehicular access; two award-winning restaurants – Opera, serving Italian cuisine and Square One, serving Vietnamese seafood and Western steak. The hotel is also host to 2 Lam Son, the contemporary bar known for its stylish ambience and signature cocktails, and Xuan Spa, the tranquil retreat set amidst a tropical garden and an outdoor pool. Reservations for Park Hyatt Saigon may be made by calling +84 8 3824 1234 or visiting www.parkhyattsaigon.com

About Park Hyatt

Intimate and residential in style, Park Hyatt hotels promise gracious service on a personal scale. Located in many of the world’s premier destinations, each Park Hyatt combines elegance with distinctive regional character. Park Hyatt hotels feature sophisticated interiors, meeting and special event spaces for small groups and social occasions, critically acclaimed art programs, and signature restaurants featuring award-winning chefs. For more information and reservations, visit www.parkhyatt.com.

Letter to Ministry of Health regarding Food Safety Law

Tiếng Việt – Vietnamese

25 October 2011

To:Ministry of Health
cc:Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ministry of Industry and Trade
Food Administration of Vietnam, Ministry of Health
Administrative Procedures Control Agency

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U.S. Trade Mission to Vietnam – Business Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

WASHINGTON, September 22, 2011 – Acting Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse will lead USDA’s first-ever agricultural trade Mission to Vietnam in the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City from Sept. 26 to 29. Vietnam is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies and an important market for U.S. agricultural products. Two-way agricultural, fish and forestry trade with Vietnam reached nearly $ 3.4 billion in 2010.

Fifteen U.S. companies representing a wide range of food and agricultural products will take part in the mission, which aims to promote U.S. agricultural exports to Vietnam. Throughout the mission, these companies will meet with nearly 150 Vietnamese producers, importers, buyers, distributors, and investors to develop trade relationships.

“U.S. farmers and ranchers are seeing record sales of farm goods abroad and looking forward to some of the best net incomes in decades thanks to global demand for the American brand,” said Scuse. “Since 2006, no other major U.S. agricultural export market has grown as quickly as Vietnam. This is a significant and growing market for U.S. producers and a driver for the American economy, helping to support more than 28,000 jobs here in the United States through exports of American products. USDA trade missions have a successful track record of helping to support U.S. job creation and business opportunities for American food and agricultural companies. Establishing partnerships and creating opportunities for trade is how we will build an economy that continues to grow, innovate and out-compete the rest of the world.”

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Catfish wars heat up over inspection feud

Mar 23, 2011. It’s not that they were clamoring for more oversight; the idea was that the new inspection system would be a roadblock to rival imports from Asia, which U.S. producers have long argued are unsafe.

But in a lesson on being careful what you ask for on Capitol Hill, the move may be backfiring, and the domestic industry could soon be trying to undo what it accomplished just a few years ago. In a worst-case scenario, the domestic farmers could end up stuck with the tougher new inspections while the imports they were hoping to suppress are left with the status quo.

A recent government audit cited the new catfish program and its $ 30 million price tag as a prime example of government waste and duplication. Lawmakers such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., are fighting to overturn it

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Weekly Update Mar 14: Meet the U.S. Consulate General, VN Competitiveness Index

Highlights

Tu, Mar 15 Morning Coffee: Meet the U.S. Consulate General
Fr, Mar 18 Special Lunch: Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index 2010
Mo-Tu, Mar 28-29 APBO Asia Pacific Business Outlook, Los Angeles
Tu, Mar 29 U.S. Currency and How to Detect Counterfeit (Morning Session)
Tu, Mar 29 U.S. Currency and How to Detect Counterfeit (Afternoon Session)
We, Mar 30 Young Professionals Palooza Party @ Bernie’s Bar & Grill
Th, Mar 31 Business Networking Night @ Bitexco Financial Tower (rescheduled)
Tu, Apr 5 How to Meet U.S. Food & Drug Administration Import Requirements
Tu, Apr 5 Cloud Computing: Opportunities and Challenges in Vietnam
We, Apr 6 Mercer 2011 Vietnam Total Remuneration Survey Info Session
We, Apr 20 Developing an Anti-Corruption Compliance Program
Th, Apr 21 A Strategic Approach to Employee Communications
Southern Key Economic Region: Ports, Industrial Parks, and Other Infrastructure
Asia Development Bank: “Skills Enhancement Project” Loan to Vietnam, 2010-2016

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Food Law in Vietnam, by Russin & Vecchi (Nov 2008)

Russin & Vecchi, International Legal Counsellors have prepared a memo that compares, analyzes and discusses the Food Law in Vietnam.

Click here to download Food Law in Vietnam, by Russin & Vecchi (Nov 2008).

Introduction

Understanding Vietnamese laws and regulations concerning food can be a challenge. The confusion results from the lack of a unified food law. Instead, the government relies primarily on laws which regulate the quality of goods in general. There are also specific regulations that apply these laws to food products. This means that there are two sets of regulations, one covering goods in general, and the other covering food products, and they often overlap.

A discussion of Vietnamese food law must begin with a discussion of the management of the quality of goods. The major law on the subject is the Law on the Quality of Products and Goods. This Law states that “he State shall implement a uniform system to control the quality of goods.”1 However, “in cases where international treaties to which the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is a party contain provisions which differ from the provisions of the Law, the provisions of such international treaties shall prevail.”

The Law on the Quality of Products and Goods came into effect on 1 July 2008 and replaces the Ordinance on the Quality of Goods. The Law provides that manufacturers and traders must take responsibility for the quality of the goods or products that they manufacture or trade in order to ensure safety for humans, animals, plants, property and the environment, and to enhance the productivity, quality and competitiveness of Vietnamese goods and products.

Read more

Weekly Update Aug 11: Aug Promotion at Caravelle, Masters of Food & Wine – Park Hyatt, Members Night

Keep up-to-date about U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment with Weekly Updates.

Weather in Vietnam and Western Pacific: satellite photos, typhoon forecasts, etc. Aug-Sep-Oct are the main months of the “West Pacific Typhoon Season.” Click on this link for satellite photos updated hourly. No tropical storms active as of Sa-Su, Aug 9-10.

Upcoming Events and Activities (next few weeks)

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Mo-Su, Aug 11-17: August Promotion at Caravelle Hotel. From tiger prawn feast buffet dinner to tastiest dishes of Pacific Rim cuisine with Hawaiian menu and Eclectic menu, guests are so-ever satisfied like this. Big white meaty prawns stirred in woks, Kona Crab Cakes, marinated duck breast, Szechwan beef skewers and etc. It is sure to lure even with the most fastidious. Also, relaxing at Lobby Lounge and tasting all-you-can-eat freshly baked waffles with regular high tea is nearly heaven of heavens. Click the link for more information.

Sa, Aug 30: AmCham Palooza Labor Day Weekend Happy Hour Party Come and kick off your Labor Day / National Foundation Weekend Saturday night with free food and drink specials at the Xu Cafe / Bar.

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Weekly Update Mar 17: Trading Rights, Logistics/Supply Chain Managment, Central Vietnam Investment

Keep up-to-date about U.S.-Vietnam trade and investment with Weekly Updates.

Upcoming Events and Activities (next two weeks)

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Singer Jen Woodhouse at the Park Lounge (Park Hyatt Saigon Hotel) Visit from 8pm to enjoy the beautiful voice of American singer Jen Woodhouse every evening (except Tuesdays) from January 24 to April 23, 2008.

SMART HR and Watson Wyatt announce 2008 Vietnam Total Rewards Survey, which provides significant insights into market practices that are very useful for companies to determine compensation and benefit packages. Participation will enable you to benchmark against others in major industries in Vietnam; validate information on market practices and trends; design competitive compensation and benefit packages; become eligible for attractive participant rates, and more.

Executive Business Mission Study Abroad – USA Program Vietnamese business executives visit the USA from April 24 to May 4, 2008, to meet with American companies, and to complete an executive education program at California State University to learn global management skills and enhance their ability to do business with American companies. To prepare, the executives will follow a series of courses on key areas of global management taught in Vietnam prior to departure. Click the link for more information and to download a registration form.

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