In recent years, Hanoi has relegated aspects of food safety oversight to local-level administrations. The implementation, however, has not always gone according to plan.
A new circular issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has postponed the opening of modern slaughterhouses and delayed the closing of old facilities.
VOV.VN -Pork is by far the most consumed meat in Vietnam – which has an average annual consumption rate of approximately 30 kg per person per year, according to official statistics.
Australia has suspended the export of cattle to Vietnam as a Vietnamese company violated the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), affecting local livestock farming as well as the prestige of Vietnam in general.
Australia has suspended cattle supply to a feedlot and several abattoirs in Vietnam amid an investigation into alleged animal cruelty, according to media reports.
VOV.VN -Vietnam cattle feeders spent millions of US dollars importing 311,523 head of Australian young beef calves last year— betting that retail prices for beef on the supermarket shelves had nowhere to go but up.
Authorities plan to intensify checks of animal feed production and trading establishments and pig farming and slaughterhouses in the south from November to next February.
Vietnam's animal husbandry industry is expected to face serious challenges under new and future Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) because of low productivity, high production costs and small scale of production.
(VOV) -Vietnam could become a major export market for Australian cattle, according to Willem Westra van Holthe, Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry, Fisheries, Mines and Energy.