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
Rambutan exports to U.S. surge By Pham Thai - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC – The Post Entry Quarantine Center 2, under the Plant Protection Department, said rambutan exports to the U.S. surged strongly on the days before the Lunar New Year holiday, with 9-10 containers exported every day. Nguyen Huu Dat, director of the center, said this was the record of the recent three weeks. Although rambutan was licensed for export to the U.S. over a year ago, not until November last year were the two sample shipments successfully sent stateside. Thereafter, the amount of orders for rambutan has been shooting up, from 2-4 containers to 20 containers per week, before hitting the record of 9-10 containers a day now. As rambutan is well received in the U.S. market, some 7-8 enterprises are attracted to join the export of this kind of fruit, said Dat. In addition, though 100% of export rambutan must be tested for plant protection drug residues and other criteria under the U.S. Food Safety … [Read more...] about Rambutan exports to U.S. surge
Tra fish exporters told to register for shipments to U.S. Ngoc Hung By Ngoc Hung - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - The National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department (Nafiqad) has asked tra fish exporters to register their shipments to the United States by next Friday. In a document signed on Tuesday by Nafiqad head Nguyen Nhu Tiep, enterprises will be able to register for tra fish export to the U.S. if they already shipped the fish to the U.S last year and signed export contracts with American partners for this year. Tra exporters must obtain codes from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and meet food safety criteria specified in Circular 48/2013/TT-BNNPTNT issued by Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on November 12, 2013. Exporters are required to make registrations as the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) earlier announced its final regulations on a mandatory inspection … [Read more...] about Tra fish exporters told to register for shipments to U.S.