PHAT BUI, GARDEN GROVE COUNCILMAN, VIETNAMESE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, PRESIDENT AND CANDIDATE FOR OC SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 1, TESTIFIES TO ALLOW VIETNAMESE RICE CAKES BE SOLD AT ROOM TEMPERATURE FOR UP TO 24 HOURS
SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES SENATOR JANET NGUYEN’S SB 969
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: STEPHEN SHIPMAN
APRIL 7, 2016 949-375-4577
GARDEN GROVE – Phat Bui, Garden Grove City Councilmember, Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California President and candidate for the for the Orange County Board of Supervisors District 1, testified in support of SB 969 authored by State Senator Janet Nguyen (S-34) to allow traditional Vietnamese rice cakes be sold at room temperature for up to 24 hours. The Councilman led a delegation from Southern California to join the Vietnamese delegation from San Jose and Sacramento to support the effort at his own expense.
The bill allows for traditional Vietnamese Rice Cakes to be sold year-round, provided they are labeled with health precautions warning that the rice cake must be consumed within in two days. SB 969 passed the Senate Health Committee with unanimous support.
“For centuries now, we have been able to leave Banh Tet and Banh Chung at room temperature for at least a week and serve it fresh,” said Phat Bui. “I am thankful for Senator Nguyen’s legislation that seeks to finally make this process legal and allow the Vietnamese community to legally practice traditions that have been passed down to Vietnamese Americans across the state.”
Under current requirements, Vietnamese rice cakes must be sold either refrigerated or frozen. However, it is against tradition to purchase rice cakes that are cold. This prevents traditional Vietnamese rice cakes from being sold year-round in stores without facing citations from public health regulators.
Under SB 969, perishable Vietnamese rice cakes that are cooked and served according to traditional recipes will be allowed to be sold at room temperature for no more than 48 hours.
About Phat Bui
In 2014, Phat Bui was elected to the Garden Grove City Council, where he has been a leader in efforts to reform City government. Phat built a successful business that provides software solutions to government agencies and Fortune 500 corporations. Phat Bui’s is an American story. His family escaped from communist tyranny in Vietnam. One of eight children, Pat arrived in America by boat, determined to build a better life.