Food inspections due in April

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.

US market regains appetite for Vietnam’s “Tra” fish

The United States continues to be Vietnam’s key importer of “Tra” fish with purchases worth 15.5 million USD in October alone, up 2.5 folds from a year ago, according to statistics by Vietnam’s Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP).

Ministry moves to tighten rice exports

The Ministry of Industry and Trade is drafting a new decree aimed at tightening rice exports, Minister Vu Huy Hoang said at the Nov. 18 session of the National Assembly.

Seminar promotes organic farming

Farmers and retailers are encouraged to adopt the Participatory Guarantee Systems (PGS) guidelines in efforts to promote organic farming and consumption of organic produce in Vietnam, said a seminar.

Food safety checks let consumers down

A shortage of food hygiene and safety inspectors nationwide has contributed to 29 deaths from food poisoning and more than 2,500 people hospitalised in the first six months of this year, the Ministry of Health’s Food Hygiene and Safety Department has revealed.

Vietnam, Laos boost comprehensive ties

Vietnam and Laos have agreed that human resources development remains a key success to build on, among others, in the second half of 2009, as one result of the Inter-Governmental Committee meeting in the central border province of Nghe An from August 1-3.

State President calls for more fruit hybrids

State President Nguyen Minh Triet has called on the Southern Fruit Research Institute, located in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang, to crossbreed more high quality strains to boost exports.

Exporters face more seafood rules

Vietnamese seafood exporters will face more barriers as Ukraine enforces stricter regulations on meat imports and meat by-products as of today.

Forum of healthy cities kicks off in Hue

More than 100 delegates both at home and abroad are gathering at an international forum of the Alliance for Healthy Cities that opened in the former imperial city of Hue on July 21.

Vietnam’s female scientists receive highest honour

The National Institute of Nutrition’s female staff and the environmentalist, Nguyen Thi Kim Chi, from the Hanoil University of Technology have won 2009’s Kovalevskaya Award, which is considered to be the highest honour for Vietnam ’s female scientists.