This is a great reminder that food safety is serious and there are big problems for businesses if they do not abide by the laws.
In 2018 food safety inspectors paid unscheduled visits to 41,032 businesses, discovering 11,395 violations and punishing 2,790 of them with total fine of nearly VND17 billion.
Some businesses were convicted and fined hundreds of millions of Vietnam dong ; specifically, Hotel Student company was ordered to pay more than VND114 million for charges relating to failures in hygiene.
Moreover, the company was forced to destroy one ton of materials and commodities without clear indication of origin and 13 finished products in 220 containers.
During food hygiene inspection month, inspectors found three businesses to make pork bologna fail food safety requirements, inspectors ordered a fine of nearly VND184 million and the destruction of over 30,000 kilogram of animal products.
Head of the HCM City Food Safety Management Board Pham Khanh Phong Lan said that the board has set up food safety inspection teams in the festive season, aiming to curb food safety violations and poisoning cases.
Inspectors will cooperate with farmer and woman associations to increase information of food safety in districts and handicraft villages.