City to issue fine to food safety violations

Individuals or businesses that violated food safety and hygiene regulations will receive fine up to VND 200 million (US$9,260) said a representative from the Department of Industry and Trade in Ho Chi Minh City at a meeting.

The rule was introduced at a meeting between the Department with these enterprises of the city’s market stability program, aiming at deterring people from unsafe foodstuff.

Accordingly, the city will set up inter-department inspection teams to oversee this matter. The Department said that related agencies and departments would issue penalties of VND100-200 million (US$ 4,630-9,260) to individuals and those businesses who violate food safety regulations.

Through inspection at supermarkets, some violations such as expired goods, labeling not suitable with announcement, advertising promotion violations and advertising alcohol drinks and tobacco are usually seen.

To prevent such violations, the Department has asked the program business participants to often check commodities and well train staffs to arrange goods in sections. Distribution supermarkets must have banners and price index so that customers know about the program.

Deputy head of the department Le Ngoc Dao said that 85 enterprises will take part in the program this year. Most of commodity in the program are high quality Vietnamese –made goods with reasonable prices or even 5-10 percent lower than in the market. The supply will meet the increasing demand.

The Department representatives also announced that in 2015, banks will allocate a VND11,850 billion (US$548,655,000) credit package with slight interest for supporting businesses. In addition, the Department will provide e-commercial training courses to businesses to help them increase their selling success.

By Hai Ha - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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