HCMC launches pork origin tracking project at 349 selling spots

The HCMC Department of Industry and Trade launched a pork origin tracking project at 349 supermarkets and stores yesterday morning.
A consumer checks the origin of a pork piece at a machine installed in Co.opmart Foodcosa, Go Vap district, HCMC (Photo: SGGP)

The project is part of the city’s food safety program in the phase of 2016-2020.
With the project, consumers now can know the origin of pork products they buy from modern distribution system including such as Saigon Co.op, Satra, Vissan, Cocomart, Auchan, Aeon, Citimart and Queenland.
The sellers have hung banners advertising the project in front of their doors and install machines for consumers to check the pork origin via website www.te-food.com.
At the ceremony, many consumers installed free of charge software Te-Food for operating systems Android, IOS and Window on their smart phones to make out pork origin.
The new application helps consumers know where pigs are bred, where and when they are slaughtered and when supermarkets or stores purchase pork products.
Consumers can dial hotline 19006726 to be guided to install the software.
Deputy director of the Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Ngoc Hoa said that the project had been built and launched within four months with the approval by the city People’s Committee.
In the first phase, the project has been under a pilot implementation at the 349 selling spots. The second phase will permit further management from piglets, breeding process, slaughtering and distribution.
Technical phase has basically been completed for the first phase. However there are many difficulties requiring relevant sides to continue overcome in the upcoming time to successfully carry out the project, said director of the department Pham Thanh Kien.
Besides the modern distribution system, two wholesale markets Binh Dien and Hoc Mon and four retail markets Ben Thanh, Thai Binh, An Dong and Hoa Binh have registered to attend the project.

By Thuy Hai – Translated by Hai Mien

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