The highest administrative fine for food-safety violations is too small against the income the VAS get annually According to Decree No.115/2018/ND-CP outlining administrative sanctions on food safety, the highest fine is about VND200 million ($8,700). However, the fine may not be deterrent enough violators like VAS in Ho Chi Minh City, which charges thousands of US dollars in tuition fees. The school has gotten into trouble twice now over its school meals. The latest time was about a month ago, when several parents paid a surprise visit to the VAS branch in Sala Mega Campus (District 2, Ho Chi Minh City) and discovered that the meals that cost them nearly VND50,000 ($2.17) a day – almost twice as much as the VND30,000 ($1.3) standard set by regulations – was abysmal in quality. Bui Thi Diem Thu, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training, said that a meal for a grade-schooler must cost at least VND30,000 ($1.30). The cost would ensure … [Read more...] about Private education not plagued by food safety violations
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To tackle rampant food safety issues in Vietnam, a national information database with real-time updates will be set up, according to Deputy Prime Minister Vũ Đức Đam. Visitor at a pastry stall at the Vietfood & Beverage - Propack international exhibition held in Hanoi in early November. Deputy PM Đam said the database must be as user-friendly as possible so that “any farmer or restaurant can post information regarding their products on the database with little effort.” “Meanwhile, consumers will be able to easily share information on products or producers that violate food safety regulations. In the future, consumers could just open their phone to know the locations of trusted restaurants near them, or trace the origins of the vegetables they want to buy,” Deputy PM Đam said. In a meeting held on Monday by the Central Steering Committee on Food Safety and Hygiene, the Deputy PM said that currently, … [Read more...] about National food safety information database to be set up
Vietnam’s largest dairy company Vinamilk was named Tuesday among the winners of the 4th IUFoST Global Food Industry Awards, which honored global food innovators for their creative work in the areas of packaging design, nutrition, enterprise, food safety, and products. Vinamilk, fully known as Vietnam Dairy Products JSC, received the award from the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) at the 17th World Congress of Food Science and Technology & Expo, taking place from August 17 to 21 in Montreal, Canada. Nominations were assessed by a global panel and Vinamilk’s liquid milk products outplayed more than 100 nominees from 73 countries to win the award. Vinamilk is honored for its innovation in food processing and the communication of science-related knowledge to consumers through the firm’s products. “This is particularly meaningful for the development of Vietnamese children,” Professor Luu Duan, general secretary of the Vietnam … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s top dairy producer wins global food industry award
Steam drying kilns full of anchovies in Phú Lợi craft village in Hoàng Mai District have caused pollution. Photo danviet.vn NGHỆ AN - Environmental pollution in some craft villages, especially food processing villages in the central province of Nghệ An, has gotten worse. It not only affects local communities but also raises concerns over food safety. For many years, steam drying kilns full of anchovies in Phú Lợi craft village in Hoàng Mai District have caused pollution, with untreated waste discharged directly into nearby Mai Giang River. “Recently, there are many more steam kilns drying anchovies, with the strong stench getting worse. Many surrounding households have to close their doors, while the Mai Giang River becomes dirty with discharged water,” Phú Lợi villager Trần Văn Hậu told Nông Thôn Ngày Nay (Countryside Today) newspaper. … [Read more...] about Food in craft villages causing pollution
A Vietnamese booth at WorldFood Moscow 2019. — Photo nhandan.com.vn MOSCOW Ten Vietnamese companies are showcasing their products at WorldFood Moscow 2019, one of Russia's leading food and drink expos, which opened in Moscow on Monday. Among their goods are farm produce such as rice, coffee, tea and cashew nuts, as well as seafood, forestry, canned fruits, dairy products, juice drinks and beer. Since its inception in 1991, the major exhibition, which serves the global food and drinks industry, has grown to become the entry point for international manufacturers looking to enter the vibrant Russian market. Every year, the event connects thousands of businesses from around the world with Russia's key food and drink buyers, including retail representatives from Russia’s leading supermarket chains, wholesalers and food manufacturers. Nguyễn Thị Mỹ Nhi, president of Tín Thịnh Co, which … [Read more...] about Vietnamese firms join int’t food fair in Russia.