When the environmental group Oceana conducted a large study of the issue three years ago, the results were shocking. Scientists performed DNA tests on more than 1,200 samples from nearly 700 different stores and restaurants in 21 states. One out of three fish were mislabeled, in violation of Food and Drug Administration regulations, and the numbers were even worse in big cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Boston. Read more
Chairman of Hà Nội Supermarkets Association Vũ Vinh Phú said that more attention should be paid to the production stage with solving problems of production factors like air, soil and water. A recent conference, co-organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) showed that in the first half of this year, 0.42 per cent of tested meat contained the banned chemical Sabutamol, almost four per cent of vegetables had excessive concentrations of pesticide, 1.3 per cent of meat contained excessive concentrations of chemicals, and 5.3 per cent of aquaculture products had excessive antibiotics residue. Read more
The People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City has ordered the Department of Home Affairs to work with three departments responsible for management of food safety and hygiene — health, agriculture and rural development, and industry and trade — to initiate the project. The agency will be equipped with food testing laboratories and have the authority to monitor food safety at the stages of producing, processing, transporting and selling to customers. Read more
The partners of Vietnam Foods and Beverages Working Group (VFBG), have voluntarily organized ourselves under the direction of VCCI and AmCham to work with key stakeholders to support development and integration of Vietnamese F&B industry.
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“We welcome the resolution of this longstanding issue,” said Barbara Weisel, Assistant USTR. “This agreement demonstrates the commitment of the United States and Vietnam to address outstanding issues as we work to take our relationship to the next level.”
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. Read more
A revised law that will come into effect on July 1 this year states that those who that feed their animals banned chemicals can face to up to 20 years in prison. Some households were fined at the beginning of March, after excessive amounts of salbutamol, a banned chemical that boosts the growth and production of meat in cattle, were found in their pigs’ urine. Read more
Even though Vietnam has a detailed legal framework and laws related to food safety and hygiene, the problem remains, said Le Thi Nga, deputy chairwoman of the NA Justice Committee. “Unhygienic food is causing more illnesses, lowering economic competitiveness and badly affecting the country’s image,” Nga said. Read more
Seafood processors without compliant seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point plans and dairy farms that sold animals that had illegal drug residues were among some the first warning letters released in 2016 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has the power to detain the company’s shipments at the U.S. border unless the issues are addressed in a timely manner. Read more