Experts discuss measures to develop food processing industry in Vietnam. (Photo: VNA) Can Tho (VNA) – Vietnamese and Japanese experts gathered at a seminar held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on December 20, discussing measures to develop the food processing industry in Vietnam. According to a representative from the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Vietnamese agriculture, particularly the agro-forestry-fishery sector, has grown well in recent years. However, incomplete infrastructure for the production of high-quality products and poor marketing strategies, together with unstandardised human resources on export procedures, hygiene and techniques have resulted in a weak food processing industry. In fact, most Vietnamese agricultural shipments are raw products with low-added value, he said. Tools and mechanisms should be put in place to prevent trade counterfeit from the farming stage, he said, with human resources training needed so workers can master … [Read more...] about Japan helps Vietnam advance food processing industry
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Input materials play pivotal role in food safetyBy Nhan Tam Food safety and hygiene supervision should be conducted synchronously from supermarkets to traditional markets - PHOTO: NHAN TAM DANANG – Many company representatives in the food sector have said input materials play a key part in food safety and hygiene management, according to speakers at a conference held on June 19 on a pilot program supplying safe food in Danang City in the first half of 2018. The participants shared a common viewpoint on the risks of the food industry as problems might arise at any time from the transporting stage through to the processing and distribution stages. Chau Quang Anh, director of An Thanh Ltd. Company, which processes ready-to-eat meals and makes deliveries from Hue to Quang Nam Province, noted that controlling chemicals in input materials is currently the main problem. It is challenging to determine whether the input materials are safe, and food processors must inspect them … [Read more...] about Input materials play pivotal role in food safety
HCM City will pilot a food safety and hygiene programme in schools in six districts to prevent food poisoning incidents. (Photo: VNA) HCM City (VNA) - A pilot programme on ensuring food safety and hygiene at all schools in six districts in HCM City will begin in the upcoming school year. Under the programme, the six pilot districts of 3, 5, 8, 11, Tan Binh and Binh Thanh must ensure that all schools have either met standards of the city’s food safety chain model recognised by the city’s Food Safety Management Board, or have food-safety certificates (such as the global ISO 22000:2005, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), Good Manufacturing Practice (Japan-GMP), VietGap and GlobalGap. If any school unit has not terminated a contract with a food supplier that has not met standards since the 2017-2018 school year, it must do so and report the action to the department. The Department of Education and Training has told the remaining districts to be ready for … [Read more...] about HCM City to pilot food safety and hygiene programme in schools
VietNamNet Bridge - Twenty-one tons of coffee in Dak Nong province made of battery powder have been seized as ‘dirty coffee’. However, no one can define what ‘clean coffee’ means. According to Nguyen Viet Vinh, secretary general of the Vietnam Cocoa and Coffee Association (Vicofa), one of the hottest issues now is the absence of national standards for roasted coffee. As a result, roasters add non-coffee elements into real coffee and sell their products as ‘genuine coffee’. “The lack of national standards for roasted coffee places difficulties on agencies to control coffee quality in the market, while ‘mixed’ coffee is labeled as genuine coffee,” he commented. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has set up two standards related to coffee processing. These include national standards for coffee processing units and national standards for coffee beans. In principle, coffee roasters must declare … [Read more...] about What is the standard for ‘safe roasted coffee’?
A store selling silk produced in Van Phuc village, Hanoi (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi capital city has focused on building standard shopping and culinary establishments serving tourists in order to well control the quality of goods and services as well as food safety and environmental hygiene. After an assessment by the Hanoi Tourism Department, those which meet all necessary requirements, receive a plate recognising that they are capable of serving tourists. At present, Hanoi has 32 shopping and 36 culinary establishments eligible to receive the plate. These establishments are being introduced widely to travel agencies, domestic and foreign tourists via the media, the internet, and during tourism promotion programmes. Among them, Tan My Design, Lanhuong Fashion House, Chula Fashion House, Van Phuc Silk Company and OZ Silk shop are becoming attractive destinations to tourists. The department said that this move will help improve the image and competitiveness of Hanoi, … [Read more...] about Hanoi standardizes shopping and culinary establishments