20 companies fined for food safety violation

Health inspectors have collected VND358 million (US$16,582) from fining 20 food safety violating companies, said head of the Department of Food Safety and Hygiene, a part the Ministry of Health, Nguyen Thanh Phong yesterday. 

In addition, inspectors also reclaimed a certificate of food safety of a company. Most of the companies violated advertising regulations such as boasting the products or advertising the products that have not been allowed to use. One company made poor quality product.

In addition to paying for fines, the companies that violated advertising regulations must correct information and remove wrong advertisement. The company must take back all poor quality products.

According to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, his department is continuing inspecting all food businesses in response to Food Safety and Hygiene month-long action program.

Inspectors will work in coordination with local governments to pay regular visits to enterprises. Inspectors will issue harsh penalties on violating companies and publicize their brand names on media.

By Quynh Chi – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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