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  • Cashew kernels are proposed to be removed from the plant quarantine list 09/30/2023

    Sep 30th, 2023

    Cashew kernels are proposed to be removed from the plant quarantine list Mr. Le Son Ha, Head of Plant Quarantine Department, Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) said that he will propose to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to remove this item from the plant quarantine list, because of the risk. almost no. On the afternoon of September 28, at a meeting to disseminate legal regulations on import and export plant quarantine organized by the Plant Protection Department (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) in Ho Chi Minh City, feedback from the Binh Phuoc Cashew Association was noted in advance. Regarding the problems and difficulties for businesses processing and exporting cashew kernels, Mr. Le Son Ha, Head of the Plant Quarantine Department, said that he will propose to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to remove this item from the market. phytosanitary list, because the risk is almost non-existent. Previously, Mr. Vu Thai Son, Chairman of Binh Phuoc Cashew Association, said that during the processing process, cashew kernels were cooked very carefully. Raw cashews are steamed at temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius, for over 30 minutes. Cashew kernels with silk shells continue to be dried at a temperature of 70-80 degrees Celsius for 18 hours. Before packaging, cashew nuts are fumigated, then vacuum-packaged and preserved for 24 months. Countries such as the United States and Australia, despite very strict phytosanitary regulations for imported plant-based products, only check cashew nuts from Vietnam with a probability of less than 1%. Because, they consider cashews as cooked food. In addition, the Plant Protection Department also explains and guides businesses on some problems in determining the origin of seeds imported from third countries, on importing wheat flour, About electronic signatures... The condition is considered to be the starting point of the actual treatment category Cashew nuts are one of the main export products of Vietnam's agricultural products, and have recently encountered problems According to the representative of the Plant Protection Department, to issue a Phytosanitary Certificate for export or re-export, it is necessary to check the validity of the growing area code, packaging facility, and check to ensure compliance with the conditions for issuance. Especially fresh fruit and vegetable products such as dragon fruit, longan, lychee, mango, rambutan, star apple, lemon, grapefruit, mangosteen, watermelon, jackfruit, banana, black jelly and sweet potatoes exported to the Chinese market China, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, EU, Thailand, Saudi Arabia... This is a mandatory requirement of import markets and international practice to ensure compliance with regulations. on phytosanitary, food safety as well as traceability. With phytosanitary imports, businesses need to understand the regulations, procedures, and inspection activities on food safety of imported plant-based goods, and state inspection on the quality of imported animal feed; Issuance of Phytosanitary Certificates in transit... is being carried out at the Regional Phytosanitary Sub-Departments (under the Plant Protection Department). Currently, requirements require promoting market opening, creating favorable conditions for trade in goods between Vietnam and countries around the world, and phytosanitary work must simplify procedures and ensure compliance. Vietnam's legal regulations but must also meet the requirements of the importing country, while enhancing the value, quality and reputation of Vietnam's agricultural products, and complying with commitments in the Agreement on applying Apply food hygiene and safety and animal and plant quarantine (SPS) measures of the WTO and FTA trade agreements that Vietnam has signed. Mr. Dang Van Hoang, Director of the Phytosanitary Sub-department of Region 2, said that the meeting aimed to make regulations and administrative procedures transparent, as well as accompany businesses when implementing regulations on phytosanitary import and export. effectively. Businesses need to clearly understand domestic regulations as well as update changes in importing countries from partners so as not to violate or damage the interests of businesses as well as the image of Vietnamese agricultural products.