The Food, Agri and Aqua Business Sector Committee (FAASC) of the European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam (EuroCham) has organised a dialogue between Government representatives, companies and other organisations on food safety: the importance of traceability and legal enforcement. The dialogue took place on 27 May 2015 in Hanoi.
Topics presented at the dialogue: the importance of traceability as the cornerstone of reliable and sustainable trade exchanges between countries, and a cooperation program between the EU and Vietnam to share the European traceability experience through TRACES(= TRAde Control and Expert System), which is a trans-European network for veterinary health which notifies, certifies and monitors imports, exports and trade in animals and animal products; the current status of traceability in Vietnam; what is being done within companies in relation to traceability; results on a pilot traceability project for poultry in Ho Chi Minh City; legal enforcement in relation to animal feed additives; why potassium bromate and other additives should be banned and how this can be enforced.
The dialogue has brought together representatives of the industry, international organisations and government officials to discuss the current situation on food safety, to learn what is being done already, and what can be done to improve food safety and how it can be improved. About 70 people participated in the dialogue. Amongst attendees were representatives of various departments and agencies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Health, representatives of relevant provincial and local departments, representatives of international organisations such as the EU Delegation, the FAO, IFC World Bank, Business France, representatives of the Dutch, Polish and Canadian embassy, as well as the Hanoi School of Public Health, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and industry and relevant professional Vietnamese associations. It has been a constructive afternoon.
You can find the documents and pictures related to the dialogue here: program of the workshop (English and Vietnamese), position paper introducing the topic (English and Vietnamese), the presentations (English and Vietnamese), the photo album and the press release (English and Vietnamese).
You can find the Whitebook 2015 Chapter of the FAASC here (English and Vietnamese), information on the FAASC here (English and Vietnamese) and its activities here.