HCM City checks food safety for Mid-Autumn Festival

The Ho Chi Minh City Food Safety Management Board has begun food inspections of moon cakes, jam, candy and other items made for the Mid-Autumn Festival, which falls on October 4 this year.

An establishment that produces mooncakes (Photo: VNA)

An establishment that produces mooncakes (Photo: VNA)

The inspections, required by the HCM City Inter-sector Steering Committee on Food Safety, will last until September 30.

Inspectors are looking for fake, out-of-date and substandard products, food additives and materials at large food manufacturing, processing, trading and importing establishments.

Wholesale markets, supermarkets, and large food-and-beverage service establishments will also be checked.

Government agencies in the city’s districts will check for violations on advertising, product labels, origin, and processing at small- and medium-size food establishments, as well as at manufacturers and trading enterprises.

Violators will be fined, according to Pham Khanh Phong Lan, head of the city’s Food Safety Management Board.

Lan said that substandard products and those without clear origin would not be allowed in the market, and food and beverage service establishments found in violation would have to stop operations.

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