13.07.2020, 06:15

Quality standards adopted to meet demands of local, foreign consumers

Quality standards adopted to meet demands of local, foreign consumers
The signing ceremony of a consultancy and training course for farmers on local G.A.P standards in the northern border provinces

Production and business modernization

In order to gradually improve and standardize the quality of Vietnamese goods to match international integration, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and the Business Association of High Quality Vietnamese Goods (BAHQVG) have implemented an agreement on supporting farmers and businesses to raise product quality standards. In its first two years, the program has yielded outstanding results, including building Local G.A.P standards for agriculture and High-Quality Vietnamese Goods – Integration standards.

According to the MoST, the above cooperation program enables domestic businesses to integrate deeply into the global supply chain by encouraging them to build local and international standard management systems.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy said the goals of the two sets of criteria are not only to provide high-quality Vietnamese goods for export but also to serve domestic consumers, who also deserve high-quality, safe products.

The approach of MOST and the BAHQVG in building product quality standards has helped Vietnamese businesses develop fundamental knowledge in the application of standards to improve the value of their products in major markets, especially those with strict standards such as Europe.

No double standard

Assessing the above-mentioned product standards, Deputy Minister Bui The Duy said that it is impossible to have two vegetable plots, one for export and the other for domestic consumers. Accordingly, to exploit the domestic market fully, Vietnamese businesses need to combine technical standards with international standards to enable their products to conquer both domestic and foreign markets.

Deputy Minister Bui The Duy added that previously, Vietnamese goods exported to China did not require traceability of origin, but now enterprises must ensure these requirements for all exports to meet consumer demand in large markets. With the improvement in people’s lives, the demand for safe, quality products increases.

Certificates of High-Quality Vietnamese Goods – Integration standard have been granted to 54 businesses,

including 26 businesses operating in the non-food industries. The set of criteria has been recognized by

many organizations, such as the Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board, Good Manufacturing

Practices and Global G.A.P.

Do Quynh