Inspectors from the Vietnam Food Administration under the Ministry of Health have issued fines to companies violating the law of food safety.
As per the Administration, over 20,000 nutrition supplement products was made in Vietnam and imported by 3,000 companies. Of these, domestically-made products accounted for 60-65 percent. However, through tests and inspection, many violations such as content quantity, wrong advertisement or mold infection were detected.
Worse, most violations are locally-made products. Inspectors also discovered that the company has just representative office with no factory; yet their products were released in the market.
In response to public concern of violations of food safety and hygiene in nutritional supplements, Head of the Administration Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, said that because there has been no regulation to the production of nutritional supplements under Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) therefore many private companies being used backward technology have still produced nutritrional supplement products, causing violations of quality standard.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Health decided to ask private companies to produce the products complying with GMP to protect customers’ health and rights.