Herb Cochran, senior director of Trade Facilitation and Special Projects of AmCham Vietnam in HCM City, speaks with media on the sidelines of a seminar on food safety regulations (Source: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - Vietnamese enterprises should strive to meet strict food safety requirements from importing countries, especially choosy markets like the US, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and the European Union (EU), participants said at an international seminar held in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3. It is now time to comply with new regulations as food-safety regulation non-compliance is the largest barrier to entry for Vietnamese firms, said Herb Cochran, senior director of Trade Facilitation and Special Projects at AmCham Vietnam in HCM City. To integrate into the global market, Vietnamese businesses must learn more about regulations and improve quality to meet these new standards, he said. Vu Kim Hanh, Chairwoman of the High Quality Vietnamese Goods Business Association, … [Read more...] about Domestic firms advised to satisfy food safety requirements
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Herb Cochran, senior director of Trade Facilitation and Special Projects of AmCham Việt Nam in HCM City, speaks with media on the sidelines of a seminar on food safety regulations held yesterday in HCM City. - VNS Photo Bồ Xuân Hiệp “The time to comply with new regulations is now. Food-safety regulation non-compliance is the largest barrier to entry for Vietnamese firms,” said Herb Cochran, senior director of Trade Facilitation and Special Projects at AmCham Việt Nam in HCM City. To integrate into the global market, Vietnamese businesses must learn more about regulations and improve quality to meet these new standards, he said. Vũ Kim Hạnh, chairwoman of the High Quality Vietnamese Goods Business Association, said that even though Việt Nam had integrated deeply into the global economy, local enterprises still lacked knowledge about the US’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) and European Food Safety Authority … [Read more...] about Exporters urged to meet strict food safety standards
Viet Nam News HCM CITY - Vietnamese food exporters have been urged to improve production so that products can meet new regulations set by importing countries, experts have said. "Non-compliance with food safety regulations is the largest barrier to entry," said Rick Gilmore, chairman of the Global Food Safety Forum, at a seminar on "Global Food Safety Trends and Solutions to Expand Export Markets for Vietnamese Enterprises" held in HCM City on Wednesday. Under the 2014 Farm Bill in the US, which went into effect in March last year, in the 18-month transitional period (March 1, 2016 - September 1, 2017), the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will begin using an "interim re-inspection strategy". Imported Siluriformes (catfish) fish and fish product shipments will be selected for re-inspection and subjected to species and residue testing at least once each quarter. Việt Nam and other countries have submitted documentation to FSIS showing that they have laws and other legal … [Read more...] about Food safety key for exporters
Food exporters must have contact in U.S. Tran Thu By Tran Thu - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Besides the required registration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again, local foodstuff exporters targeting the U.S. market are also required to maintain contact stateside on a 24/7 basis to be allowed to export products to the foreign nation from early next year, an official said. Do Tuan Phong, director of the Vietnam Trade Office branch in Houston, told the Daily the aforesaid information on the sidelines of a seminar on business and investment chances in Houston held in HCMC last Thursday. The new regulation will take effect from January 1, 2013. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of the U.S. requests Vietnamese companies exporting foodstuff to the foreign nation to re-register with FDA. Besides, local foodstuff enterprises need to ensure a constant contact, meaning they have to set up presence in the U.S. According to Phong, local exporters can select … [Read more...] about Food exporters must have contact in U.S.
Asia Pacific leaders are scheduled to meet in Honolulu through November 13 for the annual summit of APEC, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. On the sidelines, corporate chief executives have been meeting with officials of the 21 APEC economies. One result of this year's summit is a public-private partnership to ensure the safety of global food supplies. The US government says nearly 50 million Americans are made ill by the food they eat each year, and thousands die from food-borne illnesses annually. American officials, corporate executives and World Bank managing director Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced a partnership Saturday to help APEC members and others ensure the safety of their food. Sri Mulyani says that problems in the food supply spread quickly. “A food safety crisis that originates in one region can so rapidly become a crisis in another region,” said Sri Mulyani. The United States upgraded its food safety standards last January when … [Read more...] about APEC announces partnership for global food safety