The Japanese technology – Cell Alive System (CAS) is expected to be used massively in Vietnam in preserving the country’s tropical fresh farm produce and seafood in an environmental-friendly and economical way to serve home consumption and exports.

A laboratory on CAS, whose patent is held by Japan’s ABI group, was inaugurated in Hanoi on June 19 by the Institute of Regional Research and Development under the Ministry of Science and Technology and ABI.

CAS is a line of commercial freezers manufactured by ABI to preserve food with greater freshness than ordinary freezing by using electromagnetic fields and mechanical vibrations to prevent ice crystal formation.
The technology has been widely recognised in 22 countries worldwide and the European Union.

Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan said the application of CAS will breathe new life into the renovation of post-harvest technologies in Vietnam to spur the development of farm commodities in service of exports and consumption.

According to Le Tat Khuong, the institute’s director, the lab is part of a cooperation programme between the Ministry and the Japanese group from November 1, 2012 through April 30, 2015.

Under the programme, the Japanese side will also transfer the technology and the manufacturing process of CAS equipment to Vietnam while helping the country establish a joint venture to develop a material supply area to meet CAS standards.-VNA