Ministry determined to eliminate industrial alcohol, banned chemicals

Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh yesterday issued resolution on tightening management of toxic chemicals, especially industrial alcohol.

As per the Minister’s directive, related agencies must enhance management on banned chemicals
in preserving and processing food especially sales, import and consumption of industrial alcohol and chemicals.

In the directive, Minister Tuan Anh ordered departments of industry and trade nationwide assume responsibility toward import, production, sales of chemicals and industrial alcohol. Relevant agencies must pay unscheduled visits to detect violations and impose harsh penalties on violators.

Divisions must tighten monitor on import, manufacturing companies and the use of chemicals,alcohol, methanol.

The Ministry also asked to peak time for checking importing enterprises of alcohol before June 30, 2017. The Departments of Industry and Trade in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City must inspect units to check chemical manufacturing.

The sub-departments Chemical, Market Management and other departments are responsible for controlling import, manufacturing, business and use of chemicals, alcohol, methanol which people tend to abuse in preserving and processing food especially making liquors. They also build up technical standards to monitor domestically-made alcohol and imported ones.

In addition, these departments should make indicators to distinguish between industrial alcohol and alcohol for making food aiming to facilitate management of alcohol as well as review regulation to supervise wholesale and retail in the two big cities.

By Van Phuc – translated by Uyen Phuong

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