Nguyen Thanh Phong, deputy head of the Food Safety Department, said from January 10 to March 15, the Ministry of Health and other agencies will conduct an inspection on food safety before the Lunar New Year and Spring holiday.
Six inspection teams will work in 12 key provinces and cities such as Kien Giang, Ca Mau, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Ha Noi, Lao Cai, Thua Thien Hue, Da Nang, HCM City and Tay Ninh.
These areas have many border gates, and see a large number of food sales. The inspections will be carried out at production and business facilities, wholesale markets, supermarkets and trade centres.
The target is to reduce by 10 per cent the number of food poisoning cases during Lunar New Year. Last year, there were 112,000 violations with total fines of over VND17 billion (US$795,000).
Nguoi Lao Dong (Labourer)
Northern industrial park attracts investment
The management board of Hai Phong Economic Zone said the Trang Due Industrial Park has attracted nearly VND2 billion (US$93,540) in investment capital, with more than 20 investors from Korea and Japan.
Phase 1 of the industrial park project is expected to be fully occupied by next year.
Korea's LG Electronics plans to double its land area to 80-100 ha, while the Korea Electronics Association plans to move a microchip production facility to the IP.
Dau Tu (Viet Nam Investment Review)
Confectionery market may be saturated
The Food and Foodstuff Association said the confectionery market has shown signs of being saturated since the beginning of this year. The growth rate of the sector stands at 0.29 per cent, much lower than the 2013 figure of 9.95 per cent and 2012 figure of 11.44 per cent.
Low sales have been partly caused by the difficult economic situation in the last two years. As a result, many domestic businesses are now shifting their investment to other sectors.
The confectionery market is dominated by foreign brands, including those from Thailand and Korea. Viet Nam has over 1,000 businesses operating in the confectionery production sector. Four large companies, Kinh Do, Bibica, Huu Nghi and Hai Ha, account for 42 per cent of domestic market share.
Sai Gon Giai Phong (Liberated Sai Gon)
Five cities welcome over 30 million tourists
More than 30 million tourists have visited Viet Nam's five major cities in this year, bringing in revenue of an estimated VND140 trillion (US$6.6 billion), chinhphu.vn reports, citing statistics at a recent meeting of the tourism departments of Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Da Nang, HCM City and Can Tho.
Of the number, Ha Noi makes up the biggest proportion with 15.5 million tourists. Meanwhile, HCM City has the highest revenue, at VND91 trillion ($4.2 billion).