Ministries pay regular checks on food safety

One of the highlights of the meeting held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) on January 5 in Hanoi is food safety and hygiene in the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet holiday).

Nguyen van Viet, chief inspector of the Ministry said that in December, 2015 and first days of January, 2016, there have been good changes in food safety thanks to reports on media and regular supervision of authorities.

In December, 2015, inspectors from MARD and the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Public Security paid unscheduled checks to food companies and collected over 100 meat samples; yet only one company reported to violate the regulation.

Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Cao Duc Phat directed to increase supervision on companies as the year 2016 is chosen as the year for food safety. To ensure food market for the upcoming Tet holiday, inspectors from ministries Agriculture and Rural Development; Health and Public Security will have to pay visits to markets to collect meat samples for testing if they uncover violation, they will issue harsh penalties on violators.

As per MARD Minister, inspectors will focus on the use of banned substances and antibiotics in husbandry and breeding aquatic.

By Phuc Hau – translated by Uyen Phuong

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