Fish Sauce Set of Standard Postponed Because of Harsh Criticisms

Diep Nguyen

14:45 13/03/2019

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Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said that the fish sauce standard draft has been postponed because there is no concensus.

Fish Sauce Set of Standard Postponed Because of Harsh Criticisms
Recently, there have been many strident protests by the traditional fish sauce producers, consumers and analysts about the fish sauce draft made by the Minister of Science and Technology.
From the viewpoints of traditional fish sauce producers, the latest set of fish sauce standards go against the rights and interests of the tradional fish sauce producers and consumers. They said that the normal customs of producing fish sauce which have been transferred through generations can not meet those standards like the fish sauce tank must have the bright colors or meet the certain taste and quality standards.
There have been rumors that thers is one company behind all the plots to kill the business of fish sauce producers. This can not be confirmed so far, however.
In the latest public announcement, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Pham Cong Tac said that the fish sauce standard draft has been postponed because there is no concensus. He stressed that the national set of standard in order to be applied must meet 3 criteria: First, it must match the level of development in Vietnam, this is not unique in Vietnam but exists in many other countris around the world; secondly, it must ensure the harmony of interest among the related parties.
However, according to Pham, the latest draft got so much criticism from the traditional fish sauce producers, the building of the set of standards is very tough; thus once it gets so many contrast ideas, that’s the time to reevaluate the criticisms.
He also said that the Ministry of Science and Technology will continue collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to collect opinions by holding conferences and surveys to meet the said criteria. Amendments to this draft regulation will ensure the protection of health and interests of consumers while not harming producers.

DIEP NGUYEN

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