Lack of food hygiene causes food poisoning

Over 10,000 cases of food poisoning were reported during the Tet season (lunar New Year) in the country, according to statistics by relevant health agencies.

People should be aware of food in these days after Tet holidays.

The numbers of cases have grown tenfold compared to the same period last year, causing great public concern. More worrisome is the fact that food poisoning is on the rise in groups of working people as they eat together during their working hours.

Tens of staff members in the Metro Thang Long supermarket in Hanoi, for instantce, were hospitalized after they had their meal in the supermarket canteen. The culprit was the food which they had ordered had no clear manufacturing markings.

As Vietnamese people continue to enjoy a prolonged festive season during the first month of the lunar calendar, food and wine offered in big festivals in the provinces becomes a potent source of food poisoning as not everything sold has indication of source and origin.

The Food Administration of Vietnam has ordered district medical facilities and preventive health centers to implement strict food safety and hygiene regulations in festivals. Under the order, health authorities in the provinces where the festivals will take place are responsible for checking and scrutinizing restaurants, with full authority to close down any eateries which fail to meet the requirements.

Departments of Health have been asked to instruct food businesses to maintain safety regulations and owners of restaurants will sign an agreement to maintain food hygiene.

Health advisors believe that people must be careful where they eat in festivals as not all food and wine has clear indication of origin and manufacture.

By Ng. Quoc - Translated by Nhat Lam

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