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Consumers in Vietnam to trace origin of vegetables with smartphone

Staff Writer |
Consumers in HCM City can now use a smartphone app to trace the origin of vegetables sold at Co.opmart, Lotte Mart, Big C and AEON supermarkets.

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This is under a programme run by the city Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Digital Agriculture Association.

Huỳnh Thị Kim Cúc, the department’s deputy director, said customers could use Zalo on Android or QR code scanning apps to scan the labels on the packages.

The information they contain includes where and when the vegetables are grown, packaged and distributed and the types of pesticides and fertilisers used, she said. The initiative followed growing concerns about food safety, she said.

The department and the association has surveyed and collected data on vegetable farming models since May last year.

Now only two co-operatives – Phước An Co-operative in Bình Chánh District and Phú Lộc Co-operative in Củ Chi District – are part of the programme, and they are supplying 18 items, including cabbage, cucurbit, cucumber, bitter melon, broccoli, sweet potato buds, water spinach, and amaranth.

The programme would be piloted at select supermarkets and VietGap-certificated vegetable co-operatives until March before being expanded to all VietGap-certified co-operatives and more retailers, Cúc said.