People in Ho Chi Minh City can now express relief over food safety since two main markets will be turned into safe-food suppliers under a pilot project.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade has implemented a pilot project on safe-food markets in 2016-20, in which Ben Thanh Market in District 1 – one of the two major markets of the municipality– will be transformed into model markets.
Along with Ben Thanh Market, Hoc Mon Produce Wholesale Market in Hoc Mon District is the other marketplace to be turned into a similar model this year.
Foreign visitors are pictured shopping for clothes at Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
According to the project, safe-food markets are built to meet food safety requirements, focusing on farming products’ origin and their quality.
The safe-food model will be applied to food service as well as the trade of certain farming produce, including vegetables, pork, and more.
Based on the results achieved by the two model markets, 12 other marketplaces in Ho Chi Minh City will follow suit in 2017-20.
Food stalls at Ben Thanh Market are seen serving local treats to customers. Photo: Tuoi Tre
After 2020, the model is expected to be applied to all markets in the city.
Situated right in the heart of the metropolis, Ben Thanh Market, characterized by a traditional trading atmosphere, is an attraction popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional long gown), souvenirs, and local cuisine.