Seven inspection teams set up for food safety

Seven inspection teams will conduct more inspections at food producers, trading centers and wholesales markets to ensure food safety and hygiene in 14 big cities and provinces, said the Food Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health.

Inspectors examine meat at a market

In the month-long action month for food safety from April 15 to May 15 with the theme “Production, business and consumption of safe foodstuff, the Ministry of Health will coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and related ministries and agencies to set up seven inspection teams who will carry out inspection in big cities and provinces.

The first team led by inspectors from the National Department of Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance (NAFIQAD), the Food Administration of Vietnam (VFA), the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade will inspect food in Hanoi, the northern province of Hung Yen.

The second team including inspectors from VFA, NAFIQAD, the Department of  Market Management under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Ministry of Health’s Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Ho Chi Minh City will check food safety in the city and the southern province of Dong Nai.

The third team comprising staffs from the Department of Science and Technology under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Department of Plant Protection, the Environment Police Department under the Ministry of Public Security (C49), the Ministry of Public Security, the Department of Press under the Ministry of Information and Communications, the National Institute for Food Control will scrutinize food in the northern provinces of Bac Giang and Lang Son.

The fourth team led by inspectors from the Market Management Department, the Department of Animal Health under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Health, Pasteur
Institute in Nha Trang will examine the food safety in the central province of Khanh Hoa and Binh Dinh.

The fifth team with inspectors from the Department of Market Management and C49 will scrutinize food
hygiene in the central provinces of Quang Binh and Quang Tri. The sixth will test food safety in the highlands provinces of Dac Lac and Lam Dong meantime the seventh will check in the Mekong delta City  of Can Tho and Bac Lieu Province.

Inspection teams will increase examination on vegetables and meat in processing units and wholesales markets to properly handle violations of food safety and hygiene as per the regulations.

By Minh Khang – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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