Since early this year, Hai Duong Market Management Department has inspected, detected and handled 1,659 commercial fraud cases. Of these, 22 cases were contraband goods, 98 cases of banned articles, 79 counterfeit commodity, intellectual property rights violations, 289 violations of trademarks, 129 finance, price and quality violations, 362 violations of business registration and 201 violations of hygiene, food safety. The total fines and confiscated goods value were VND3 billion. The articles that the functional forces discovered and seized in the inspection process are motorbike spare parts, disc players, amplifiers, speakers, computers and everyday consumer goods such as clothing, blankets, mats, folded hammocks, bags, hair dyes, detergents ... The alarming concern is that fake, counterfeit, low quality goods belonging to the groups of foods, foodstuffs, beverages directly affecting the human health and life such as: rice, medicine, wine, monosodium glutamate, sugar, milk ... … [Read more...] about Year-end market management
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Vietnamese food is delicious and it is often cited as one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. To make sure that this was true, we spoke to Antoine Yvon, the head nutritionist at CMI hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. You will finally know if all those banh mi sandwiches are good for you, if you should drink the broth of your pho or not, and the name of Vietnam's only superfruit. The interview was translated from French. What is your general professional opinion about Vietnamese food? Is it as healthy as people think it is?Antoine Yvon: Vietnamese food is one of the most healthy and balanced in the world. As a professional, I have seen that dishes and ingredients used in Vietnamese cuisine can cover all the dietary needs on protein, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals because there is a great natural diversity of agricultural products. It is this diversity and variety that are the foundations of a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Eating with chopsticks, using multiple dishes, … [Read more...] about Is Vietnamese food really healthy?
San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam literally burst into public consciousness late last month when an impoundment dam failed, spilling 230,000 cubic meters of untreated wastewater into a tributary of the Saigon River. Subsequent investigation has revealed that local residents have long been complaining of environmental abuse by the Philippine-owned enterprise. San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam's principal operation is a huge pig farm, part of the Manila-based San Miguel Corporation's agro-industrial empire. Until the firm's wastewater impoundment dam burst on July 25, spilling 230,000 cubic meters of untreated wastewater into Ben Van creek, then the Thi Tinh River, and then the Saigon River, the farm was an annoyance only to the people who lived nearby in Ben Cat district of Binh Duong province. The incident at San Miguel Pure Foods (SMPF) Vietnam roused concern in the Ho Chi Minh City area because the black water did not just harm crops and fish farms. It also threatened the health of millions … [Read more...] about How pure is ‘San Miguel Pure Foods Vietnam’?
VietNamNet Bridge - Advertising products with scientific terms to "dazzle" consumers is a trick favored by many enterprises. Scientists have accidentally lent a hand to businesses to swindle consumers. Dr. of Science Nguyen Duy Thinh, from the Biology and Food Technology Institute, an arm of the Hanoi University of Technology, complained that the scientists' prestige has been exploited by enterprises to make profit. Thinh one day attended a workshop discussing the nutritious value of seasoning powder, where he met an executive from Ajinomoto, a well known monosodium glutamate (MSG) manufacturer. Before meeting the executive, Thinh watched the ad clip on TV about Ajinomoto seasoning powder with the slogan "ngon tu thit, ngot tu xuong" (delicious with meat powder, tasty with bone extracts) the manufacturer used. Thinh then had an open dialogue with the executive, advising Ajinomoto to change the slogan immediately to avoid misunderstanding. The slogan may prompted … [Read more...] about Scientists accidentally lend a hand to businesses to cheat consumers
I grew up in Los Angeles in the 1980s, when every reputable Asian restaurant hung a sign reading "NO MSG." As a result, I came to think of the flavor additive as something sinister. Monosodium glutamate sounded like a disease or a syndrome. And nobody wanted to eat that. While America spurned MSG in "Asian food," the nation ate Doritos at barbeques and "buttered" popcorn at the movies. No Reagan-era refrigerator passed inspection without a green tube of Kraft Parmesan cheese and a bottle of Heinz ketchup sitting on the interior shelf. Few worried about the MSG in these products. The only thing that worried us, it seems, was the thought of some Chinese guy slipping it into our take-out. My fear of the flavor additive followed me to Vietnam, until last November, when Lucky Peach - a new food magazine published in San Francisco - ran a piece by food scientist Harold McGee largely debunking concerns about MSG. McGee revealed that speculation on the ill effects of MSG began in April of … [Read more...] about How I learned to stop worrying and love MSG