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Vietnam to revamp imported meat inspections

In Uncategorized on June 29, 2010 at 8:47 am

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) has issued a new regulation calling for stricter meat import inspections to end Vietnam’s ongoing “dirty meat” saga that began in 2008.

The new MARD decree on required food hygiene, which will take effect July 1, requires exporter countries to register their domestic businesses that can meet hygiene demands with Vietnamese agencies.

(Files) Meat sold at a market in Hanoi

The regulation stipulates that only these enterprises will be able to export meat into Vietnam. Certificates of safety must be enclosed with import consignments, according to the new rule.

MARD said that in the first five months of 2010, frozen meat imports (poultry and meats) increased three-fold over the last months of 2009.  Pork imports alone have reached 500,000 tons, consisting mainly of heads, feet and tails.

However, this year’s outbreaks of the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome Virus, also called “Blue Ear,” has stalled containers of frozen chicken and pigs at ports in the northern city of Hai Phong, the border town of Mong Cai in the north and Ho Chi Minh City. Containers of frozen chickens and pigs are also stuck at Dinh Vu Port in Hai Phong City.

But many businesses have been trying to avoid the stricter inspections by importing large shipments before the regulation takes effect, the department said.

However, MARD also said that all newly imported containers would be placed under scrutiny and that importers would be ordered to re-export food if shipments are found to have skirted hygiene requirements. Warnings would also be sent to exporting countries.

Companies found to have intentionally breached regulations would be shut down, the department said.

At the same time household farmers and food processing firms said they were concerned over the massive meat imports that they say will put pressure on domestic breeding.

Since 2008, tens of tons of unsafe meat have been imported into Vietnam in what the press has deemed “the dirty meat saga”

Source: SGGP

Food inspections due in April

In Uncategorized on March 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Food inspections due in April

QĐND – Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 21:51 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Health will inspect six food groups as part of the Month of Action for Food Hygiene Quality and Safety to be launched on April 15.

Nguyen Cong Khan, head of the Ministry of Health’s Administration for Food Safety and Hygiene Department, said the food under scrutiny included meat products, drinking water, soft drinks, wines, health supplements, and dairy products.

During the inspection, the ministry will do their rounds in 33 key cities and provinces.

Localities nationwide are also being asked to form their own teams to test food safety and hygiene.

Three ministry teams have been given the responsibility to recheck the quality of milk samples taken from Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Lang Son, Quang Ninh and Ha Nam.

As planned, the ministry will send out 39 inspection teams to recheck food safety and hygiene by the end of this year.

At present, milk quality control measures had met difficulties and large amounts of substandard milk products have been found on the local market, Khan said. To effectively control food quality, especially dairy products, it is necessary to tighten management and strictly deal with substandard producers, according to Khan.

Source: VNA

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Ministry to up inspections of animal fat producers

In Vietnam Economy on October 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

Ministry to up inspections of animal fat producers

QĐND – Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 20:7 (GMT+7)

The Ministry of Health has requested departments of health across the nation to launch health and safety inspections on the production and trading of animal fat.

Nguyen Cong Khan, head of the ministry’s Office of Administration for Food Safety and Hygiene, said the aim of the inspections was to prevent the production and sale of unsafe animal fat, especially fat derived from pigs that is used to make products for human consumption, such as cakes.

The move follows growing public concern at the threat posed by animal fat of unknown origins to consumers. The latest case involved three tonnes of spoiled fat that was set for use to make cakes. Ha Noi Police seized the dangerous fat late last month.

Khan said his office was co-operating with localities to ensure better supervision of businesses that make animal fat.

He said that supervising animal fat production across the country was difficult. Animal fat is usually sourced from abattoirs, and there are large numbers of small abattoirs across the country that do not meet food safety standards.

Khan said animal fat was widely used in baked goods in Viet Nam.

“It’s a habit that will be difficult to change,” he said.

Phan Thi Bich Nga, a doctor at the National Nutrition Institute, said hygienically-produced animal fat was a useful part of the average person’s daily diet, as it contained cholesterol which is vital in the formation of cell structures.

However, unsafe animal fat, if consumed, can lead to food poisoning, including symptoms such suffocation, diarrhoea and heart problems. In the long term, it can also lead to diseases of the digestive system.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News

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