‘Taste of Australia’ showcase opens up opportunity for cooperation with Vietnam food industry, Jon Aspin, Tuoi Tre News, 10 May 2016.

An edited extract of the original article is reproduced below.

While tonnes of dead fish were mysteriously washing ashore on coastlines throughout central Vietnam last month, and the local press reported on multiple fake beef scandals across the country, the Australian Consulate through the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) was talking up the advantages of doing business with the Australian food and beverage industry.

Hosting a series of events labeled ‘Taste of Australia’ in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, the month-long showcase throughout April was aimed at linking Vietnamese distributors, hotels and restaurants with Australian suppliers of what acting Trade Commissioner to Vietnam Katharine Heather called “high quality, safe” Australian products.

While the events focused on promoting the premium standard, healthy and sustainable Australian food and beverage industry, there was an obvious comparison to be made between the two countries when it came to food safety standards, especially in light of the still developing mass fish death controversy.

“[In Australia], every piece of the supply chain is audited and monitored for food safety,” Heather said. “[Because] above everything, people want safe products, and they want to know the provenance of the product. Unfortunately there have been some poor quality foods released into the market here in Vietnam, resulting in scandals, because it’s just not safe.”

It is because of Australia’s vigilance around food security, Heather explained, that Australian food could also guarantee its nutritional value…


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