Thousand nutritional supplement facilities at risk of closing

Only 300 in 4,000 nutritional supplement facilities across the country had Good manufacturing practices (GMP) certificates, said Head of the Ministry of Health’s Department of Food Administration Nguyen Thanh Phong yesterday.

Thousand nutritional supplement facilities at risk of closing

As per the government’s decree No. 15, from July 1, 2019, all nutritional supplement facilities must have GMP certificates; notwithstanding, just a few of them achieve the certificates.
Mr. Phong said that there had been no production regulation for nutritional supplement facilities before; these facilities must produce in accordance with regulations for food manufacturers; accordingly, it is a real challenge for them.
After July 1, 2019, uncertified nutritional supplement facilities must close. Certified companies must spend much to meet GMP requirements while companies without GMP certificates just rent an office, a workshop, bought packing equipment and sold products. Therefore, consumers are confused about product quality in the market.
The government is determined to tighten the controls over dietary supplement production expecting to curb substandard products, said Mr. Phong.
Competent agencies will make their best to support producers in finishing paper work, affirmed Mr. Phong.

By NGUYEN QUOC – Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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