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City programme to enable consumers to check pork origin

Update: October, 31/2016 - 18:30
Consumers in HCM City can check the origin of pork they buy under a city project that will be piloted from December 10 this year. — Photo tamsugiadinh.vn

HCM CITY — Consumers in HCM City can check the origin of pork they buy under a city project that will be piloted from December 10 this year.

The project, managed by the departments of Industry and Trade and Agriculture and Rural Development, the sub-department of Animal Health and the city High Technology Association, will help consumers trace the origin of pork from electronic stamps stuck on the meat.  

The stamp will contain all information about the pork, including the breeding process, slaughterhouse and the markets where it is sold.

Consumers can scan the stamps using their smart phones and an app called Te-food or devices installed at markets. The project’s portal is www.te-food.com.

Speaking at a meeting last week, deputy director of the city Department of Industry and Trade Nguyễn Ngọc Hoà said 15 establishments with nearly 1,000 farms have registered to participate in the project.

The farms have the capacity to completely supply the city’s pork needs.

Eleven slaughterhouses, Bình Điền and Hóc Môn wholesale markets, Bến Thành, An Đông, Hoà Bình and Thái Bình markets and 59 supermarkets have registered for the project.

Hoà said with Bình Điền and Hóc Môn alone supplying more than 80 per cent of the city’s pork needs, the origin of much of the meat supplied to the city can be traced.     

After the pilot phase, the official phase will be launched in March next year.

Subsequently, the city will organise similar programmes for other meats, vegetables, fruits and other products. – VNS

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