Lyù Sôn Is­land fights fake gar­lic

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LYÙ SÔN — The is­land dis­trict of Lyù Sôn has asked the I Am V com­pany from HCM City to dis­man­tle ad­ver­tis­ing ban­ners for their ‘Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­ucts’ that were dis­played on the Shark tank Vieät Nam TV show re­cently.

Vice chair­woman of the is­land dis­trict’s peo­ple’s com­mit­tee, Phaïm Thò Höông con­firmed to Vieät Nam News that the com­pany’s Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­ucts – in­clud­ing black gar­lic, black gar­lic cake, fer­mented black gar­lic soft drink, black gar­lic ex­tract juice and one clove gar­lic – was fake and had se­ri­ously vi­o­lated the reg­is­tered brand of the Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­uct col­lec­tive trade­mark.

Höông said the com­pany’s di­rec­tor Leâ Minh Hoàng Phuùc showed the I Am V Lyù Sôn black gar­lic prod­ucts on the TV show on na­tional tele­vi­sion chan­nel 3 (VTV3), stat­ing that her com­pany’s gar­lic prod­ucts were grown on Lyù Sôn Is­land, and the com­pany sup­plies 300kg of one clove gar­lic (or Toûi Coâ Ñôn) to the mar­ket.

Höông said the I Am V Lyù Sôn black gar­lic prod­ucts were quite dif­fer­ent to those from Lyù Sôn Is­land in both colour and size.

“We re­con­firmed that the com­pany lied. Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­uct is white, not vi­o­let like the com­pany showed on VTV3. The dis­trict has not given ap­proval to any com­pa­nies farm­ing or pro­duc­ing prod­ucts from our gar­lic,” Höông said.

“Lyù Sôn gar­lic is only grown and pro­duced by farm­ers liv­ing on the is­land, 30km off the coast of Quaûng Ngaõi Prov­ince, while the I

Lyù Sôn gar­lic is priced at VNÑ60,000 (US$2.6) for a fresh kilo, and VNÑ150,000 ($6.6) for a dried kilo, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict.

Am V com­pany was not a mem­ber of the Lyù Sôn Gar­lic As­so­ci­a­tion,” she said.

The vice chair­woman said the dis­trict’s 400ha of gar­lic and onion farms could only har­vest 300kg of one clove gar­lic (Toûi Coâ Ñôn) each crop (one year), so the com­pany’s claim of a 300kg pro­duc­tion ca­pac­ity was not true.

She also con­firmed the com­pany had not farmed or bought gar­lic from any farm­ers in Lyù Sôn Is­land so far.

The dis­trict also asked VTV3 to cor­rect the Lyù Sôn gar­lic brand shown on ‘Shark tank Vieät Nam’.

Lyù Sôn Is­land’s peo­ple’s com­mit­tee also sent a re­quest to HCM City’s Mar­ket Watch agency to in­spect vi­o­la­tions of the Lyù Sôn Gar­lic prod­uct brand by the I Am V com­pany in pro­tec­tion of the orig­i­nal reg­is­tered Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­uct.

Ac­cord­ing to the is­land dis­trict, the mass trade of fake gar­lic has hurt the is­land’s sig­na­ture prod­uct in re­cent years, and at least dozens of com­pa­nies and shops have sold the fake prod­ucts, even in Quaûng Ngaõi city.

Höông said the dis­trict, in co­op­er­a­tion with the pro­vin­cial bor­der guard and mar­ket watch, was work­ing to stop il­le­gal ship­ments of fake Lyù Sôn gar­lic from the main­land to the is­land.

Many shops and traders have used the Lyù Sôn trade­mark with­out per­mis­sion, ac­cord­ing to the Quaûng Ngaõi pro­vin­cial depart­ment of trade and in­dus­try.

Ear­lier this year, the dis­trict seized 620kg of gar­lic that was headed from Khaùnh Hoøa to the is­land to be sold un­der the Lyù Sôn trade­mark.

Some farm­ers trans­ported gar­lic planted and har­vested in a dis­trict in Khaùnh Hoøa to sell on Lyù Sôn Is­land, while tourists and vis­i­tors are un­able to recog­nise the orig­i­nal Lyù Sôn gar­lic. The fake gar­lic was of­ten pack­aged with­out any la­bel­ing or cer­tifi­cates of ori­gin.

In 2017, the dis­trict pro­duced more than 6,500 tonnes of gar­lic.

Lyù Sôn gar­lic is priced at VNÑ60,000 (US$2.6) for a fresh kilo, and VNÑ150,000 ($6.6) for a dried kilo, ac­cord­ing to the dis­trict.

In 2007, the Na­tional Of­fice of In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty of Vieät Nam, un­der the Min­istry of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, recog­nised the brand own­er­ship for the prod­ucts of Lyù Sôn Is­land in­clud­ing gar­lic, onions, seafood, gar­lic wine, dried seafood and sea­weed for 50 house­holds on the is­land.

Lyù Sôn Is­land has been build­ing the Ge­o­graph­i­cal In­di­ca­tion (GI) for their Lyù Sôn gar­lic prod­ucts and more than 100 mem­bers of the Lyù Sôn Gar­lic As­so­ci­a­tion.

The is­land, known as the King­dom of Gar­lic in Vieät Nam, has 21,000 in­hab­i­tants, of whom 73 per cent make their liv­ing from farm­ing gar­lic and spring onions or fish­ing. — VNS

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