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Government to apply stricter food safety measures
  • By Tu Anh | | January 02, 2013 03:01 PM

The government plans to tighten food safety requirements for manufacturers before Tet, a time when the demand surges.

 Focus of inspections on Tet foods

A multi-agency steering committee on food safety, lead by the Ministry of Health, will carry out inspections of 24 provinces and cities across the country, including Lang Son, Bac Kan, Thai Nguyen, Kon Tum, Dong Thap and An Giang.

The localities can also set up inspection teams controlled by local departments of health or departments of industry and trade in order to ensure the quality of food coming from their areas.

The provincial inspection teams will focus on supermarkets and wholesalers selling the most popular foods for Tet.

All manufacturers will be required to provide documents to certify all additives and preservatives included in their products.

Inspectors have been given the right to take samples from suspicious-looking facilities to later testing. Any food production or service facilities that fail to meet hygiene standards will be shut down.

On-site violations may be dealt with by provincial authorities sending notification to local authorities about any suspicious operations.

Le Duc Tho, Head of Hanoi's Food Hygiene and Safety Department, said that last year dealers of fake foods used the occasion to take advantage of customers, selling products with undisclosed ingredients.

The inspection will start from January 10 to February 15.

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