HCMC to pilot clean food supply program for schools in 6 districts

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) is piloting the program to deliver food in accordance with the food hygiene and safety regulations for all schools in six municipal districts.

HCMC to pilot clean food supply program for schools in 6 districts

The HCMC Department of Education and Training has just issued a document to instruct heads of the Division of Education and Training in all 24 districts citiwide to carefully select food suppliers for schools in order to guarantee food quality and safety.

Accordingly, in the six piloted districts of 3, 5, 8, 11, Tan Binh, and Binh Thanh, 100 percent schools must choose food suppliers, meeting the food hygiene and safety regulations issued by the Food Safety Management Authority of HCMC, or other similar certificates like ISO 22000:2005, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), Vietnamese Good Agricultural Practice (VietGap), Global Good Agricultural Practice (GlobalGap), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). 

In the other 18 districts, the HCMC Department encourages its members to prepare a route to implement this program beginning this academic year of 2018-2019.

It is expected that in 2020, all canteen and kitchens of schools citiwide must receive high-quality food. 

Particularly, any school which has not terminated its contract with low-quality food suppliers in the academic year of 2017-2018 must announce the contract termination time in written form and send to the Division of Education and Training for a summary report to the HCMC Department of Education and Training.

By MINH QUAN – Translated by Yen Nhi

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