Viet Nam News HCM CITY - HCM City is helping schools link up with food producers who meet Vietnamese good agricultural practices (GAP) standards to safeguard students' health and safety. The two sides have been unable to establish links on their own, according to the municipal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The department and the Department of Education and Training have held many workshops this year to acquaint schools with safe agricultural products in the city. The workshops attracted educational officials from districts, companies supplying agricultural products and managers as well as teachers from kindergartens and primary and secondary schools that provide lunch for their students. At one of the workshops, Nguyễn Thị Thảo, a teacher at a kindergarten in District 1, said misgivings about unsafe foods are widespread and schools are worried about buying them. They would be happy to know which companies produce foods meeting VietGap standards so that they … [Read more...] about City to ensure safe school food
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Over 100 tourists were hospitalized in Vietnam with food poisoning Monday after eating seafood at a restaurant in the central resort town of Nha Trang. Most had dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and numbness of the limbs with 20 suffering from cardiac arrest. They were part of a 600-strong Vietnamese tour group organized by a company in Ho Chi Minh City. … [Read more...] about Tourists down with food poisoning in Vietnam resort town
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, grappling with a devastating flood crisis, was admitted to hospital on Tuesday with food poisoning, according to the government. "She is in Praram 9 Hospital because she is suffering from diarrhoea due to food poisoning," government spokeswoman Titima Chaisang told reporters, adding that Yingluck had asked her deputy to chair a cabinet meeting in her place. The 44-year-old leader, the younger sister of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, was a political novice before taking office in August and has struggled to get a grip on Thailand's worst floods in half a century. The government has faced criticism for its slow response and confusing public advice about the disaster, which has left more than 600 people dead. At times the mother-of-one has showed signs of strain, appearing teary-eyed at news conferences and describing the crisis as overwhelming, while her political enemies have sought to use the occasion to undermine her … [Read more...] about Thai PM hospitalised with food poisoning
CPV: Vietnam's northern region is in summer, a season favourable for the development of bacteria, viruses. That is the main reason for food poisoning. Moreover, co-operation between sectors and authorities in the management and supervision of food safety remains loose. According to statistics, several people poisoned by food have been hospitalised in the Bach Mai hospital anti-poison centre each day since the beginning of the year. Most of them are being poisoned due to eating contaminated food with unclear origin along streets. The number of people poisoned in 2005 was nearly 4,000, 50 of whom died. The number of people dying of poisoning increased highly over 2004. The food safety situation is at an alarming level. The Month of Action for Food Hygiene and Safety this year launched nationwide with the theme "Prevention of food contamination" aimed to raise people's awareness of food safety, but food safety has not considerably improved. According to Hoang Tan Cuong, director of the … [Read more...] about Food poisoning in summer: an alarming problem
Unsafe food has become a hot topic in Vietnam - from rotten fat to dried food with maggots. But is it a media induced panic or should Vietnamese people be very concerned about what they are eating? Food-related risks are unavoidable, says health official Is unsafe food poisoning Vietnamese people? National Assembly rejects setting up of Food Safety Committee 17 tons of frozen food with unclear origin found in Hanoi Methanol, aldehyde found in deadly southern Vietnam rice wine Unsafe food has become a burning issue in Vietnam. Vietnamese people have never had to face so many public food scares. And the risks go way beyond simple stomach upsets as people are increasingly concerned about acute diarrhea and even cancer. According to a scientific conference on food safety held in Hanoi in December 2009, up to 56 percent of food samples tested were infected with chemicals, growth stimulants and processing substances – all of which are potentially damaging to those who eat it. … [Read more...] about Is unsafe food poisoning Vietnamese people?