’08 Vietnam Innovation Day’s Theme Is Food Safety, World Bank Says

The topic of this year’s Vietnam Innovation Day contest is food safety, the World Bank announced on Monday.

The WB, the Food Hygiene and Safety Department of Viet Nam and Tuoi Tre newspaper will co-organize the contest this July.

Speaking at a press conference Monday in Ha Noi, Mr. Tran Dang, head of the Food Hygiene and Safety Department, said this topic aimed to encourage the community to introduce ideas to solve food safety problems.

Mr. Severin Kodderitzsch, the WB coordinator for rural development, highlighted the community’s involvement in solving food safety problems. He commented, “Viet Nam has ensured food security and has become a leading exporter of rice and coffee. The country has also made lots of improvements in hygiene and food safety, particularly in exporting seafood.”

However hygiene and food safety is becoming a hot problem, he said, adding that public awareness of the problem should be further increased.
In the 2008 Vietnam Innovation Day contest, the food safety topic includes four sub-topics – raising public awareness of food safety; applicable measures to intensify food safety; new technologies to make produce safer and higher quality; and measures for better food safety management.

The organizers plan at least 15 awards, each worth US$15,000 maximum. The final values of the awards will be finalized based on the need of each selected project, according to the WB.

The sponsors in the contest are Australia’s Agency for International Development, New Zealand’s Agency for International Development, the Canadian Embassy, Danish Embassy, and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Reported by Minh Tuong

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