A recent inspection of 20 food supplement producers in HCM City and six others in Hai Phong has found that at least half of them have overstated or made false claims in their product labels to mislead customers.
The inspections, carried out by the Ministry of Health, will continue for another two weeks, focusing on food supplement producers in Ha Noi.
Tuoi Tre (Youth)
Ha Noi starts price stabilisation
Ha Noi will spend VND376 billion ( US$17.9million ) on a programme to stabilise prices of commodities from now through April 1 next year. The capital city's price stabilisation programme will cover 10 essentials goods, including rice, sugar, cooking oil, red meat, eggs, processed food and vegetables.
Nhan Dan (The People)
Delta hospital trained in heart care
HCM City's Cho Ray Hospital on Monday completed transferring cardiovascular intervention knowhow to the General Hospital in the Mekong Delta Province of Kien Giang, including provision of equipment and training of personnel. Patients suffering from heart and cardiovascular diseases can now receive treatment in Kien Giang, saving their money and reducing pressure on HCM City hospitals.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Saigon)
Processed food production falls
The production of processed food in HCM City fell by between 10 per cent and 20 per cent in the first six months of this year because of lower consumption. Some food processing companies said they have cut production by 30 per cent.
Meat consumption has also reduced in the city. Vissan, Viet Nam's biggest supplier of pork, beef and vegetables, sold 10,450 tonnes of pork and 985 tonnes of beef in the first six months of this year, seven and 20 per cent lower than the same period last year, respectively. The producers say the economic recession has forced many city residents to lower food consumption.
Nguoi Lao Dong (The Labourer)