GMP+ International cooperates with Vietnam to enhance food safety

In Việt Nam, there is growing interest in complying with international quality standards. Many businesses have applied and plan to apply these standards at their farms. In this context, GMP+ International has recently developed the current GMP+ Country Note for Việt Nam.

GMP + International at a food safety conference in Vietnam
Johan den Hartog, managing director of GMP+ International at a conference on food safety of meat products in Việt Nam in HCM City

According to Johan den Hartog, managing director of GMP+ International, a global leader in animal feed certification, there is a growing trend among food producers in Việt Nam to supply quality products to both the domestic and export markets.

“To supply safe food to consumers, all companies in the chain need to work together,” he said.

He appealed to feed companies to obtain GPM + certification saying they are a critical part of the food supply chain in ensuring the safety of end products like meat, milk, and eggs.

GMP+ Feed Certification began as a national scheme in the Netherlands in 1992, but has grown into a global scheme that is managed by GMP+ International in collaboration with various international stakeholders, he said.

He also referred to GMP+ Country Note for Việt Nam, which seeks to enable companies comply with GMP+ requirements and also local laws.

Việt Nam is one of the biggest industrial feed producers in Southeast Asia.

But 80 per cent of the ingredients used in production is imported.

A substantial part of the imported feed ingredients could be produced by GMP+ FSA (feed safety assurance ) certified companies or can be purchased using standard gatekeeper protocols, den Hartog said.

Every company and transport and storage service providers in the GMP+ feed chain should control possible hazards and risks to prevent contamination of feed products, he said.

He hailed the Vietnamese High Quality Goods Business Association for its efforts to develop Vietnamese High Quality Products-Global Integration Standards (GIS) with measures to monitor the whole food supply chain.

Vũ Kim Hạnh, chairwoman of the High Quality Vietnamese Goods Business Association, said 66 Vietnamese firms have obtained GIS certification.

The association has signed an agreement with GMP+ International, under which GIS would link with GMP+ FSA to ensure safety of animal and fish feed

Source: Vietnam News