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World Food Safety Day celebrated

Released at: 14:48, 07/06/2019

World Food Safety Day celebrated

Photo: Ngoc Lan

WHO, VFA, and Grab cooperate to mark first-ever World Food Safety Day in Vietnam.

by Ngoc Lan

The Vietnam Food Administration (VFA) and Grab (via its GrabFood platform) launched a series of activities to commemorate the first-ever World Food Safety Day in Vietnam on June 7 in Hanoi, with support from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Along with representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Hanoi Department of Health, the Hanoi People’s Committee, other national agencies, and Grab, the event brought together more than 1,000 people who learned more about food safety practices.

Activities included interactive booths, a parade, and roadshows.

Through the interactive booths, the “5 keys to safer food” from the WHO were creatively and vividly illustrated via the process of making Vietnamese spring rolls in a hygienic manner. Each booth represented one of the five keys in food safety, offering a practical yet fun experience.

Grab’s delivery partners, meanwhile, held parades in major streets in Hanoi to spread the message about food safety.

Based on a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in April between the two parties, the VFA and Grab (via GrabFood) aim to raise awareness about food hygiene and safety among restaurant partners, food transport partners, and consumers in Vietnam through several educational programs about safety in food production and consumption over a three-year period.

As the food delivery platform with the largest network of merchant partners in Vietnam, Grab (via GrabFood) is able to leverage its connections around the country to advocate for food safety. The majority of food businesses in Vietnam are of small or medium size, which makes it difficult for national agencies to reach out to and educate each owner about food safety. Through its tech platform, Grab (via GrabFood) is connected to thousands of food merchants, providing an easy avenue to communicate with them and further the government’s efforts to resolve food safety and hygiene problems.

“We are very proud of what we have achieved in Vietnam and we are committed to living and breathing our core values of efficiency, convenience, and, above all, safety,” said Mr. Alexander Dwek, Director of GrabFood Vietnam. “We believe that by contributing small actions, food contamination will gradually be resolved, bringing a better and healthier life to Vietnamese people.”

Following the celebrations of World Food Safety Day, food safety training courses will be held in four major cities - Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, and Da Nang. The program will provide businesses with accurate and reliable information on the topic of “Food Safety in the High-Tech Business Environment”. VFA and Grab (via GrabFood) will deliver essential learning materials about the WHO’s “5 keys to safer food” to restaurant and food stall owners; a key target audience of the food safety campaign.

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