TH Milk becomes first exporter of milk to China

TH Milk has become the first Vietnamese milk firm to receive approval from China to export dairy products to the Chinese market.



According to the Vietnamese Embassy in China, the Chinese customs has granted transaction codes to TH Milk’s sterilized and modified milk products and the country will continue considering applications from other Vietnamese companies.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that five Vietnamese firms have submitted dossiers to get permission to export milk to China.

Vietnam aims to increase dairy export revenue to China from 120 million USD to 300 million USD by next year. Currently, Vietnam has 18 companies registered to sell dairy products to 17 foreign markets.

Vietnamese swimmer wins silver at Military World Games in China

Vietnamese female swimmer Nguyen Thi Anh Vien bagged a silver medal at the CISM (International Military Sports Council) World Games 2019 in Wuhan, China on October 20th.



Vien of the Military team finished second in the women’s 400m medley with a time of 4:44.62. Fantine Lesaffre of France took the gold medal with a time of 4:37.91, while Yang Chang of China bagged bronze with a time of 4:46.77.

She will continue to take part in the 200m, 800m freestyle, 100m backstroke and 200m medley.

She is now a stranger to medals this competition.

Vietnam sent 32 players to compete in the Games in athletics, gymnastics, shooting, wrestling, boxing, tennis and swimming.

The tournament, which is one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world, will conclude on October 27th.

Smoke-free environments in public areas built in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city are piloting programs to reduce smoking.

The cities are trying to encourage people not to smoke in hospitals, hotels, restaurants and bus stations in order to reduce the harmful effects of passive smoking.


According to Deputy Head of Respiratory Center under Bach Mai Hospital Phan Thu Huong, at a recent workshop that the hospital had not only printed posters and leaflets but also improved the capacity for doctors and medical staff so that they could consult smokers about harmful effects of tobacco and give them smoking cessation methods.

The meeting was held in Hanoi by the Ministry of Information and Communications, aiming to provide data for local media about projects implementing smoke-free environments in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city.

She also said the hospital conducted a survey among 300 smokers. Results showed 81.8 percent of smokers intended to quit smoking, 89.3 percent of smokers wanted to be advised to quit smoking and 64.7 percent of smokers want to get free advice via phone calls.

The hospitals had directly consulted about 15,400 patients who smoked since 2017 and consulted via hotline (18006606) for more than 33,400 smokers since 2015, she added.    

According to Ms. Tran Thi Thanh Nhan, Head of Health Office of Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district, the district administration launched the project of smoke-free restaurants and hotels in 2017.

She said so far there were 109 of the total 254 local restaurants and hotels installed smoke-free signs.

The Hoan Kiem district had already piloted a smoke-free tourism model in 30 destinations, including famous landmarks such as Ngoc Son temple, Ba Kieu temple, Vietnam National Museum of History, Vietnam Museum of Revolution, Quan Su pagoda, Ba Da pagoda, Hanoi Opera House, St Joseph's Cathedral, and National Library of Vietnam.

She said the model had already installed no-smoking signs at many locations.

Anyone caught smoking in prohibited areas will be fined between 100,000  300,000 VND (4.3-13 USD). Restaurants not displaying signs will be fined between 3-5 million VND.

Ho Quy Vinh, Head of the Sai Gon Bus Station said the station had run a project to reduce passive smoking at public transport locations between November 2018 and October 2020.

The project aims to halve the rate of passive smoking in public transport locations in the city by 2020, he said.

He said the city had installed smoke-free signs in six bus stations and 500 bus stops in the city, adding inspection teams were set up to warn and fine anyone violating regulations.

One of the effective solutions to reduce the harmful effects to non-smokers was to set up a smoke-free model in hospitals, hotels and restaurants.

In the modern life, meeting at restaurants and hotels became more popular. So, building a smoke-free environment was necessary to protect the right to live in a clean environment of non-smokers./.

Compiled by BTA