Chinese fruits may be losing shelf space in supermarkets across Vietnam, but they are still dominating the carts of street vendors, many of whom pass the products off as home-grown. From January to May, Vietnam spent nearly US$278 million on fruit and vegetable imports, up 48 percent against the same period last year, according to customs data. In Ho Chi Minh City, Chinese apples have been driven out by apples from France, New Zealand, Belgium, and particularly the U.S…Full Article: Tuoi Tre News June 2016

Key Points

  • According to the Chairman of Saigon Co.opmart, Vietnam’s largest supermarket chain, Chinese fruits are no longer sold on their store shelves.
  • In general, across Vietnam, Chinese apples, grapes, and oranges are becoming less popular items on Vietnamese supermarket shelves. In addition, Chinese fruit are reportedly being sold as Vietnamese produce (e.g. ‘Hanoi, Son La plums’ and ‘Sa Pa peaches,’) by street vendors.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In June 2014, Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development notified China’s AQSIQ that shipments of lime, grape, persimmon, apple, turnip, mandarin, carrot and orange were contaminated with high levels of pesticide residue (e.g. Propargite on oranges). The contaminated fruit and vegetable imports arrived from Guangxi Region, Yunnan Province, and Shanghai.

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