Inspectors fine food producers and sellers, collecting $9,852

The Food Safety Management Committee in Ho Chi Minh City issued fines to tens violators of the food safety regulations while inspecting food producers and sellers as of April 28.

Inspectors pay visit to pork meat booth in Ben Thanh Market in District 1 (Photo: SGGP)

Inspectors pay visit to pork meat booth in Ben Thanh Market in District 1 (Photo: SGGP)

So far, the board set up 318 inspection teams to inspect 1,800 business in the city and fined 94 of them for breaking the food safety regulations, collecting VND226.6 million ($9,852).

The central inter-department steering board on the food safety May 3 liaised with the committee, asking to increase inspection in the month.

As per the committee’s report, as of April 28, it had carried out inspections to businesses taking samples for testing, consequently, it discovered 40.3 percent of samples failed to meet the standards of food safety.

The city Market Management Board from March 20 to now, it has discovered 101 violations on food safety regulations, seizing 920 liters of alcohol without clear indication of origin.

Speaking at the meeting, head of the municipal Food Safety Management Committee Pham Khanh Phong Lan proposed a firm guidance of the Ministry of Health in testing system because there are varieties of testing units managed by state-owned and private companies; consequently, businesses prefer taking their samples to easy units for good results.

Accordingly, the committee has increased supervision and ordered food shop owners to point out the original farms which provide food.

By THANH SON - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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