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Denmark supporting Vietnam to improve food safety

Released at: 17:41, 03/12/2019

Denmark supporting Vietnam to improve food safety

Photo: Embassy of Denmark

Two agreements signed focus on food safety in reducing antimicrobial resistance in livestock.

by Le Diem

Denmark and Vietnam signed two significant documents related to Danish support to improving food safety in Vietnam at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on December 3.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Phung Duc Tien and Ambassador of Denmark in Vietnam, H.E. Kim Højlund Christensen, signed an arrangement to support the sustainable growth and development of Vietnam’s pork value chain. The arrangement marks the commencement of the three-year Phase 2 of government-to-government cooperation on food safety, with a focus on improving food safety in the pork value chain.

Phase 2 will focus on feed management, veterinary drug management, good animal husbandry practices, and capacity building related to risk-based food and feed safety management.

On the occasion, Deputy Minister Tien and Mr. Robert Leo Skov, Scientific Director of the International Center for Antimicrobial Resistance Solutions (ICARS), also signed an MoU between MARD and ICARS on the establishment of a partnership on mitigating antimicrobial use and resistance in livestock and aquaculture. Antimicrobial resistance has become one of the greatest threats to health, society, and economies worldwide. With the MoU, Vietnam will be one of the first countries to engage in cooperation with ICARS to establish pilot projects on mitigating antimicrobial resistance in the livestock and aquaculture sector.

“Food safety directly relates to one’s good health and happy living,” said Ambassador Christensen. “It also affects prices of products in the market. Denmark has a long history of putting food safety high on the agenda. The two documents we are signing today are very important instruments for Vietnam and Denmark to continue our good cooperation in supporting Vietnam to improve food safety. Accordingly, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the ICARS will work closely with their Vietnamese counterparts at MARD, sharing Danish expertise, experience, and knowledge from many years of research and practice in this area.”

Since 2015, Vietnam and Denmark have engaged in Strategic Sector Cooperation (SSC) within health, education, and food safety, with the purpose of promoting sustainable and responsible growth, jobs, and prosperity in Vietnam. Within the SSC, Danish public authorities have established partnerships where they support their Vietnamese partner ministries with expertise and facilitate the transfer of Danish know-how and experience relevant to local priority issues, local conditions, and needs.

From 2017, Vietnam and Denmark have engaged in an SSC on food safety with the purpose of contributing to the sustainable growth and development of Vietnam’s pork value chain. Phase 2 of this government-to-government cooperation will commence on January 1 and run for three years. The main objective of Phase 2 is improved food safety in the pork value chain, which will be pursued by focusing on four areas: feed management, veterinary drug management, good animal husbandry practices, and capacity building related to risk-based food and feed safety management. The implementing parties are, on the Vietnamese side, MARD’s Department of International Cooperation, Department of Livestock Production, Department of Animal Health, and National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, and, on the Danish side, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration and the Ministry of Environment and Food.

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) is among the greatest threats to health, society, and economies worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified AMR as among the top 10 threats to global health. The Danish Government established ICARS with a vision to contribute to a world where resistance to antimicrobial drugs no longer poses a threat to the health of humans and animals, the environment, global food security, and economic prosperity. ICARS is an international One Health knowledge and applied research center, a platform for generating, assessing, and using evidence to support the development and implementation of cost-effective and context-specific solutions to AMR, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Vietnam is one of the first countries to engage in cooperation with ICARS through establishing pilot projects in the livestock sector.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1971, Vietnam and Denmark have enjoyed strong and close cooperation. Today, Vietnam remains an important partner-country for the Danish Government, with cooperation in areas such as health, education, food safety, energy, culture, and commerce.

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