Tainted-eggs scandal reaches Italy

A net house for vegetable production under VietGAP standards of ​a cooperative in Hoa Phu commune of Hoa Vang district, Da Nang city (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - Each cooperative should itself improve competitiveness and mobilise synergistic resources, apply advanced technology as well as improve management effectiveness combined with branding and marketing. Deputy Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s (MPI’s) Cooperatives Department Bui Nghi made the statement during a seminar held by the ministry on August 18 in Hanoi. The cooperative sector needs to give priority to structural reform as well as stimulate renovation to improve operational efficiency, adapting to current market conditions and the international integration process, he said. Cooperatives were formed and developed in Vietnam long ago. However, the country’s socio-economic situation has changed, requiring them to renovate accordingly in order to operate more effectively. According to Nghi, the 2012 Law on Cooperatives facilitated cooperative development in line with the country’s economic development, associated with the process of international integration, he said. They should be restructured and transformed into modern models, expanding the scale of production and developing production toward specialisation and professionalism, generating products of high quality and added value, meeting domestic requirements as well as joining the global value chain, he added. Foreign experts said Vietnamese cooperatives should also learn from international practices, including a number of cooperative development models of developed countries such as Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. [Ben Tre: New cooperatives to…... [read more]

The co-operative sector needs to give priority to structural reform as well as stimulate renovation to improve operational efficiency, adapting to current market conditions and the international integration process.— Photo nld.com.vn The co-operative sector needs to give priority to structural reform as well as stimulate renovation to improve operational efficiency, adapting to current market conditions and the international integration process. Deputy Director of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s (MPI’s) Co-operatives Department Bui Nghi made the statement during a seminar held by the MPI on Thursday in Ha Noi. “Co-operatives were formed and developed in Viet Nam long ago. However, the country’s socio-economic situation has changed, requiring co-operatives to renovate accordingly in order to operate more effectively,” Nghi said. The 2012 Law on Co-operatives facilitated co-operative development in line with the country’s economic development, associated with the process of international integration, he said. However, he added, each co-operative should itself improve competitiveness and mobilise synergistic resources, applying advanced technology as well as improving management effectiveness combined with branding and marketing. Co-operatives should be restructured and transformed into modern models, expanding the scale of production and developing production toward specialisation and professionalism, generating products of high quality and added value, meeting domestic requirements as well as joining the global value chain, he said. Foreign experts said Vietnamese co-operatives should also learn from international practices, including a number of co-operative development models of developed countries such as Canada, the Netherlands and Germany. …... [read more]

BERLIN: A German state minister charged on Wednesday (Aug 16) that over three times more eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil had entered the country than the national government has admitted. Germans are in a scramble over the number of tainted eggs in their country. (AFP/PHILIPPE LOPEZ) While Berlin puts the total at 10.7 million eggs, the agriculture minister of the state of Lower Saxony said that 35 million possibly tainted eggs had made it to his state alone from the Netherlands. The state minister, Christian Meyer of the ecologist Greens party, accused Berlin of "playing down the problem" and said his figures were backed by EU data. At the national level, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt of the conservative CSU party denied the claim and accused Meyer of politicising the issue ahead of a national vote on Sep 24 and a state poll in October. "One shouldn't use consumer fears for election campaigns," said Schmidt's spokeswoman, Christina Wendt. Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned in the European Union from use in the food industry. The insecticide has now been discovered in eggs in 17 European countries since the scandal came to light at the start of August and was even found as far away as Hong Kong. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves…... [read more]

BUDAPEST: Hungary on Tuesday (Aug 15) became the latest European country to withdraw egg products imported from Germany containing the insecticide fipronil. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves and destroyed across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of contamination with fipronil, which can harm human health, was made public on Aug 1. (AFP/TENGKU Bahar) The EU member state's food safety agency Nebih said it had ordered the withdrawal of Asian-style frozen foods imported from Germany by a Hungarian catering trade supplier. "The Hungarian firm supplied catering units exclusively," Nebih said, adding that all of the suppliers' clients have been informed of the withdrawal order. The move followed a notification by Germany to the EU's food safety alert system that traces of fipronil had been found in the products of the exporter, Nebih said in a statement posted on its website. The insecticide has now been discovered in eggs in 17 European countries since the scandal came to light at the start of August and was even found as far away as Hong Kong. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves and dozens of poultry farms closed, with the European Commission due to hold a crisis meeting in September. Fipronil, an insecticide, is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned in the European Union from…... [read more]

A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can harm human health, was made public on August 1. The issue has sparked a row between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, the three countries at the epicenter of the crisis, about how long they knew about the problem. "Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, told AFP as he announced the meeting. "We need to work together to draw the necessary lessons and move forward instead." European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that "this is not, let's be clear, a crisis meeting" and it is being held next month to get "distance to the events". Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks from animals but is banned by the European Union from use in the food industry. The EU insists there is no threat to human health, but the World Health Organization…... [read more]

BRUSSELS: A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday (Aug 11) as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis. At least 11 countries in Europe have found eggs contaminated with the chemical fipronil since the scare emerged on August 1. (Photo: AFP/KRISTOF VAN ACCOM) Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop "blaming and shaming" each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil. Millions of eggs have been pulled from supermarket shelves across Europe and dozens of poultry farms closed since the discovery of fipronil, which can harm human health, was made public on Aug 1. The issue has sparked a row between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, the three countries at the epicentre of the crisis, about how long they knew about the problem. "Blaming and shaming will bring us nowhere and I want to stop this," Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, told AFP as he announced the meeting. "We need to work together to draw the necessary lessons and move forward instead." European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said that "this is not, let's be clear, a crisis meeting" and it is being held next month to get "distance to…... [read more]

THE HAGUE: Supermarkets in the Netherlands and Germany were on Thursday (Aug 3) removing millions of eggs from their shelves believed to have been contaminated by a toxic insecticide in a widening food scandal. Some 10 billion eggs were produced in the country last year by about 1,000 poultry farms, with many of them going across the border into Germany. (AFP/Patrick HUISMAN) Amid fears the Dutch poultry industry could be facing huge financial losses, German officials said late Thursday they believed three million tainted eggs had been made their way into the country and been sold. After shuttering 180 businesses earlier in the week, the Dutch food authority (NVWA) said following tests that 138 poultry farms - about a fifth of all such concerns in the country - would remain closed, with one batch of eggs posing "an acute danger to public health". Eggs from another 59 farms contained high enough levels of the insecticide, fipronil, that the food authority warned they should not be eaten by children. "Those businesses whose egg codes have been printed on the website will remain closed," the NVWA said, publishing a list of 138 codes printed on the sides of the eggs, which identify which farm they have come from. According to Dutch media, some 10 billion eggs were produced in the country last year by about 1,000 poultry farms, with many of them going across…... [read more]

Addressing the signing ceremony, Minister Hoang Tuan Anh acknowledged VNA’s efforts to publicise legal documents and information relating to culture, sports and tourism activities. He also said he hoped that the two agencies will continue to step up cooperation in the future. VNA General Director Tran Mai Huong pledged that the VNA, as a national news agency with five daily newspapers (two in Vietnamese, two in foreign languages and one online), dozens of publications and a TV channel, will continue to improve the quality of information Throughout 2009, the ministry and the VNA have worked together to publicise information and call for people to nominate Ha Long Bay to become one of the world’s seven natural wonders in VNA’s publications. They will continue to work together to provide information relating to activities during Vietnam’s “Cultural Diplomacy Year 2009”, including the launching of a Vietnamese cultural centre in France, Vietnamese cultural days in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Germany, and the Mekong-Japan tourism-cultural festival in Can Tho city. Key events such as the third Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam, the 25th SEA Games in Laos, and the third national festival on traditional “then” singing and “tinh” instruments will also be high on both partners’ agendas. Based on their agreement, the MCST and VNA will link up to distribute information about the celebrations of the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of Thang Long-Hanoi in 2010, with a number of events. They include an international film festival, an international circus and a…... [read more]

This was unveiled by the tourism promotion festival which will be held at the Ly Thai To public park in Hanoi this weekend. During the festival, local travel agencies will offer discounts on tours to Ha Giang, Ha Long, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Can Tho and Phu Quoc at the preferential price of VND1-3 million. Especially, the four-day tour to Nha Trang will be offered by Hanoitourist for only VND3.990.000. Tourists can save up to VND5 million when they book outbound tours to the Republic of Korea, Japan, the US and European nations. Particularly, Vietravel will offer discounts of VND5-10 million on tours to South Africa, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Other travel agencies will offer attractive discounts of up to 30% for luxury hotel rooms in Nha Trang and Phu Quoc. Cheap flights on VietJet and Jetstar will give discounts at golden hours. Visitors will learn more about Vietnamese culture through diverse activities and receive free vouchers, gifts and services.... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam earned 589 million USD from shipping shrimp to the EU in 2016, a yearly increase of 7.5 percent, according to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP). Vietnam’s shrimp exports to the EU in November 2016 reached 50.5 million USD, up 14 percent compared to the same period in 2015. The EU remains Vietnam’s second largest shrimp importer, after the US, making up 19 percent of the total amount of exported shrimp. The UK, the Netherlands and Germany are the three main markets of Vietnamese shrimp in the EU. Shrimp shipment to the UK and the Netherlands increased by 4.3 percent and 34.7 percent respectively while shipment to Germany fell 3.2 percent by last November.-VNA... [read more]




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