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Vietnam, Denmark share experience in food safety

Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food met to share their experiences in food safety management for pork value chains, at a workshop in Ho Chi Minh City on May 23.

Vietnam, Denmark, food safety management, pork value chains
Illustrative photo.

The event aims to improve controls over food, veterinary medicine, chemicals and the tracing of product origin.

Deputy Head of the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department Phung Huu Hao said he believes Denmark has the best food safety control system in the world.

In 2013, the Vietnamese and Denmark ministries signed a protocol on cooperation in food safety and quality management.

Last year, the two sides collaborated to secure a strategic project on food safety in pork value chains, which will be carried out between 2017 and 2018. Denmark provided more than VND1 billion and shared their collective expertise, obtained from management agencies and experts.

The project aims to improve the capacity of agencies in devising strategies to control food safety and build guidelines for livestock practice and the tracing of product origin.

Finn Clemmensen, senior counsellor of the food and veterinary management department under Denmark’s Ministry of Environment and Food, said the country inspects various stages from breeding, feeding, slaughtering to transporting, in order to keep food safety in line with regulations of other European countries.

Through his fact-finding tour of Vietnam, Finn Clemmensen said Vietnam has many associations in cultivation and animal husbandry. However, the inspection of production and business activities is mainly conducted by State-run agencies.

Some pork slaughtering facilities don’t seriously obey regulations on food safety, he said, adding that it is necessary to raise the breeders’ awareness of the importance of food safety in pork value chains.

Vietnam is home to nearly 4.5 million households raising pigs and about 29,000 small-scale slaughtering facilities.

Head of the Community Veterinary Division Huynh Thi Thanh Binh said the relevant agencies will seek to enhance international cooperation in the field and will continue to implement programmes on the annual inspection of food safety for products of animal origin, along with projects ensuring food safety in the transporting and slaughtering of cattle and poultry in 2014-2020.

Source: NDO/VNA

Vietnam, Denmark, food safety management, pork value chains
 
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