The European Union (EU) either recalled or issued a warning against five Vietnamese agricultural and fishery products in violation of food safety and hygiene regulations between October 6 and 12. The Vietnam Sanitary and Phytosanitary Notification Authority and Enquiry Point (SPS Vietnam) said that it had received two official dispatches from the Ministry of Industry and Trade reporting that Vietnam’s agricultural and aquatic products exported to Europe contain agrochemical residues exceeding EU regulations. The first dispatch on October 6 informed the recall of a batch of fragrant rice ST25 in Belgium. Vinamex Group, the exporter of the product, checked the quality of the rice batch in question by themselves in consultation with the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) after delivering it to customers. Test results showed that the residue level of tricyclazole, a fungicide, in the product was 0.017 milligrams per kilogram, higher than the maximum … [Read more...] about EU recalls, warns against Vietnamese agro-fishery products for food safety violations
Employees in SHTP keep distance while working At the seminar, Deputy Director of the city Department of Information and Communications Vo Thi Trung Trinh said that the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City has so far achieved positive results. From October 1, Ho Chi Minh City implemented Directive 18 with many regulations to expand production and business activities; therefore, the application of QR codes for businesses and organizations is one of the necessary solutions. HCMC authorities are about to issue a set of business safety assessment criteria, through which businesses can make a plan to handle the epidemic if their employees contract the disease. Moreover, based on the Department of Information and Communications’ database, businesses can develop specialized applications for their epidemic prevention and control. Businesses have proposed that SHTP should soon put Covid-19 treatment facility in SHTP into operation as well as plan how to treat … [Read more...] about Enterprises both prevent epidemics, stabilize production
According to Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, the ministry is designing a roadmap implementing Covid-19 vaccination for children, initially for children from 12-17 years old. The ministry is scheduled to issue a guideline on the implementation of the work on October 15. Tuyen said that the ministry is also reviewing to make a list of children from 3-11 years old, while seeking vaccine sources. It is also gathering ideas from experts and scientists so as to be ready to make guidance on vaccinations on this group. Together with the country's progress in vaccination, the education-training and health sector are working together to make plans of vaccination for particular groups of children, thus generally reopening schools. Tuyen asked localities to direct their departments of Education and Training to review and assess the pandemic prevention and control work in order to allow students to return to school. At a working session with representatives from the Ministry of … [Read more...] about Vietnam aims to have 95% of children aged 12-17 vaccinated against Covid-19
Many cities and provinces are reopening hesitantly due to fear of the pandemic as their leaders are very cautious in making decisions because of the pressure of responsibility. “Many localities, from provinces to districts and communes, have released decisions which go beyond their authority and don’t follow instructions by central agencies. Local authorities don’t actively solve the problems of enterprises in their localities. As a result, enterprises have to send petitions to the Prime Minister and Government." This is one of the problems during the process of restoring production and business activities mentioned in a document from the sub-committee for production and goods circulation under the National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control to the Prime Minister and committee’s head on September 24, 2021. Meanwhile, the consumption markets, especially export markets, have narrowed. The input materials for domestic production are lacking because suppliers … [Read more...] about Localities hesitate to reopen, still await decisions from central agencies
At present, China does not have the capacity to declare a military ADIZ over the entire South China Sea. China's possible declaration of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) over the South China Sea has made headlines over the past days. On May 31, South China Morning Post cited the Chinese army that Beijing since 2010 has been thinking of establishing an ADIZ in the sea that cover Pratas, and Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) and Truong Sa (Spratly) islands. It reported that China is choosing a propriate time to declare the plan. Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra, an expert on the South China Sea Emeritus Professor Carl Thayer at UNSW Canberra has made some accessement on the implications of Chinese ADIZ over the sea that is one of the world’s busiest waterways. If China deploys an ADIZ over the South China Sea, what are the geo-political implications for the region? There are no provisions in international law concerning an Air … [Read more...] about What does China’s potential ADIZ over South China Sea imply?
Although the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic in HCMC has shown positive results, the city will not be able to fully achieve new normal by November, said municipal chairman Phan Van Mai. An eatery in HCMC offers take-away services. - Photo: TNO On the sidelines of the ninth congress of the municipal Party Committee’s executive board on October 14, Mai said the Government had issued Resolution 128 providing provisional rules on adapting safely and flexibly to the Covid-19 pandemic and controlling it effectively. Based on the resolution, HCMC will assess its pandemic transmission risk level, the local media reported. The city will establish a working team, including officials of agencies and experts, to assess the situation in the city. In addition, it will hold a conference to discuss the fight against the pandemic and plans to help the economy recover in the coming periods. Based on the Government’s resolution, the city will update and amend criteria for sectors. … [Read more...] about HCMC won’t be able to fully achieve new normal by Nov: municipal chairman