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Tests find foam food packages safe in Vietnam: official

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

The National Institute for Testing Food Hygiene and Safety has carried out tests on polystyrene foam food packages and determined they don’t pose a health threat, said a health official on March 31.

A roadside vendor serves up hot food in a polystyrene foam carryout container (Photo: Thanh nien)

Nguyen Cong Khan, head of the Food Safety and Hygiene Department under the Ministry of Health, said the institute tested over 10 foam food package samples taken from roadside eateries in Hanoi.

The containers were subjected to heat and acid tests, but scientists failed to find any chemicals leaching out that would cause cancer or threaten human health.

Mr. Khan said the research was conducted on domestically made foam food packages after China recently announced a ban on the containers for food carryout.

He also warned that while the recent tests had not shown the Vietnamese containers to be dangerous, people should remain wary as some small-scale foam manufacturers may not meet quality standards for safety.

Moreover, there is no way to identify good-quality from low-quality products in terms of health safety, so many vendors simply use the cheapest ones available.

Other experts who were not involved in the recent tests have said that all foam carryout containers release toxic chemicals when used to hold hot food.

Dr. Tran Van Ky of the Vietnam Food Safety Association and Dr. Nguyen Xuan Mai of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, said foam and plastic packages are recycled products.

As such, during the processing of the containers, manufacturers must use industrial dissolvable and adhesive chemicals mixed with impurities, heavy metals and toxic substances.

Vietnamese people have used these foam packages for years to contain hot food. Sidewalk eateries and higher-end restaurants both use the containers, saying that currently, no affordable alternatives exist.

Related article:
Health ministry to investigate polystyrene food containers

Source: SGGP

Disadvantaged children receive 480 packages of Lego

In Vietnam Society on January 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Child Welfare Foundation coordinated with the Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company January 10 to offer disadvantaged, orphaned and disabled children 480 packages of Lego toys worth VND2.5 billion (US$13,000).

Students from HCMC’s Minh Dao Primary School take part in a Lego competition themed “Children’s Dream” on January 10 at the Inter Continental Asiana Saigon Hotel in HCMC. (Photo: SGGP)

A ceremony was held at the Inter Continental Asiana Saigon Hotel to offer the gifts to the children from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Can Tho City.

More than 500 children from charitable centers, and 150 children from Minh Dao Primary School in HCMC’s District 5, took part in a Lego-assembling competition themed “Children’s Dream” during the ceremony.

The toys were offered by Denmark’s Lego Group in conjunction with the Viet Tinh Anh Joint Stock Company following an official visit by the Queen of Denmark in November 2009.

Lego Group’s flagship product, Lego, consists of colorful interlocking plastic bricks and an accompanying array of gears, minifigures and various other parts. Lego bricks can be assembled and connected in many ways to construct such objects as vehicles, buildings, and even working robots. Anything constructed can then be taken apart again, and the pieces used to make other objects.

The toys were originally designed in the 1930s in Europe and have achieved an international appeal with an extensive subculture that supports Lego movies, games, competitions, and four Lego-themed amusement parks.

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Vietnamobile introduces 2 low-priced packages

In Vietnam Science on December 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

A mobile phone user (R) reads to know about Vietnamobile services in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Khanh Van)

Mobile network Vietnamobile on Monday launched two cost-saving packages for calls and SMS inside the network.

The packages, called Maxi 18 and Maxi 24, are available to subscribers nationwide.

Maxi 24, which requires a registration fee of VND8,000 (less than US$0.5), allows users to make calls and send SMS all day long until midnight. Deputy CEO Nguyen Xuan Quan said the package was designed to target subscribers who need to communicate up to 6 hours in a day.

For those who need to communicate during the day time up to 6 pm, Maxi 18 is the package of choice to help them save money, Mr. Quan said.

Maxi 18 allows users to make on-net calls for free up to 3 hours till 6 pm. The registration fee is VND5,000.

“We have developed Maxi based on the feedback received from our customers,” he said.

Vietnamobile is a partnership between Hutchison Telecommunications International and local operator Hanoi Telecom. The GSM network, which was launched April this year, partners with global network suppliers Ericsson and Huawei.

In a press release issued on Nov. 9 in Hong Kong, Hutchison Telecom said its Vietnam operation reported a sound quarterly growth of 63.3% to a customer base of 1.02 million from the beginning of July to the end of September. The announcement said over 1,100 base stations were added in Vietnam in the third quarter, taking the number of base stations on air to 2,600.

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