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Hình bánh tét và bánh chưng do Việt Vùng Vịnh minh họa (Photo by Mỹ Lợi)
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February 8, 2016                                                                                 (916) 651-4034

UPDATE: Senator Janet Nguyen Introduces SB 969 to Allow Traditional Vietnamese Rice Cakes (Bánh Tét/Bánh Chưng) To Be Sold Legally

(Sacramento, CA) Today, Senator Janet Nguyen proudly introduced Senate Bill 969 to allow traditional Vietnamese rice cakes, (Bánh Tét/ Bánh Chưng), to be sold at room temperature for up to 72 hours, provided they display appropriate labels for the presence of potentially perishable ingredients. Senator Nguyen was accompanied by her son Tommy Bonikowski, who assisted in submitting the bill and spent a day at the Capitol.

"On this first day of the Year of the Monkey, I am excited to begin the year with the introduction of SB 969," said Senator Janet Nguyen. "The Vietnamese-American community has been advocating for the legal sale of these rice cakes for many years and I am hopeful that by next year the restrictions on the sales of these cakes will be different."

Currently, traditional Vietnamese rice cakes cannot be sold at room temperature without facing citations from public health regulators. SB 969 has received bi-partisan support and is co-authored by Senator Huff and Assemblymembers Kim, Chang and McCarty.

Consuming rice cakes during the Lunar New Year is a centuries old tradition that is still observed by Vietnamese-Americans throughout California.

Senator Janet Nguyen and her son Tommy Bonikowski submit SB 969.
About Senator Janet Nguyen
Senator Janet Nguyen was overwhelmingly elected to represent the residents of California's 34th State Senate District in 2014. With this victory, Senator Nguyen became the first woman elected to represent the 34th Senate District and the first Vietnamese-American in the country to be elected to the State Senate. Senator Nguyen is the highest-ranking Vietnamese American elected official in the United States.

The 34th State Senate District includes the cities of Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, the unincorporated communities of Midway City and Rossmoor, as well as portions of Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Long Beach, and Orange.

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