VIET NAM - Meat processing companies in Viet Nam should join forces to set standards of quality and safety and boost consumer confidence.
Speaking before the opening of the Vietstock and Vietmeat 2014 Expo & Forum, the president of meat processor, CP Vietnam Corporation, Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg (pictured) said processors need to share their experiences with other meat processors in the country and how the company maintains the high standards of quality and safety of its meat products from farm to table.
A company representative will be speaking on the topic at a meat conference to be held at the event.
"Meat processors in Viet Nam should collaborate with each other in order to set strong standards on quality and safety to ensure consumers are confident in our products. As we've been in the meat processing business for a long time, we'd like to share our experiences with our friends in the industry," he said.
Fully integrated, CP Vietnam operates from grain planting to feed milling, livestock farming, meat processing and retailing.
"A main goal of our business in Vietnam is to support livestock farmers. Therefore, we will continue to expand our farming business and produce safe and quality meat products for the nation," said Mr. Sooksunt.
He said CP Viet Nam is also willing to be a business partner with fellow meat processors in Vietnam as a supplier of raw materials for them.
"Our farmers implement strict standards on food safety and we process their chickens with the state-of-the-art technology. So, we can ensure that you'll consistently get raw meat that is safe and of high quality for further processing," he said.
Mr. Sooksunt said meat processors in Viet Nam should have a forum to discuss and tackle issues that could pose threats to the country's meat processing industry.
He said the opening of markets among ASEAN nations under the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 could result in massive imports of meat products into Vietnam and seriously affect the local meat processing industry.
"It's a good idea that meat processors in Vietnam set up an association of their own. The Vietmeat forum would be a good place to discuss on this issue and I'm glad to host the discussion by myself," said Mr. Sooksunt.
The Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) also agreed to support the Vietnam meat processing industry forum that will be held during Vietstock 2014 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Dr. Vu Tien Loc, VCCI's Chairman and President, said Viet Nam is a huge market for processed meat products. The forum, which will bring together CEOs of key meat processors in the country, will be a starting point for the industry to collaborate in developing their products and markets in the future.
Vietmeat is a one-stop forum focusing on the needs of the meat industry - from production, processing and packaging, right to the plate.
Organised by UBM Asia, the Vietmeat forum makes its debut in 2014 and will be co-located with Vietstock 2014 - Vietnam'sPremier International Feed, Livestock and Meat Industry Show. The events will be held from 15-17 October, 2014 at the Saigon Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
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