Food poisoning alert in flood season

The Food Administration of Vietnam under the Ministry of Health July 24 ordered its sub-departments to implement actions to ensure food safety before, in and after the flood during the rainy season.

The food administration said that before the flood season, the departments of health nationwide should raise people’s awareness of food safety to prevent poisoning and food-borne diseases. Locals in vulnerable districts should pay attention to this year-period.

Local authorities in the flood prone regions should urge residents to stock up on food, processed and non-perishable food, bottled water, medications, disinfectants and other essential items now in readiness for the oncoming wet season. People should add vitamins in their meals willingly.

Earlier, health clinics were also urged to stock chemicals, equipment and personnel for preparedness to treat food poisoning or food-borne illness. Health watchdogs have intensified inspection and issued fine to businesses and companies, whose take advantaged of food shortage to release unsafe food in markets.

Health watchdogs should guide people to conduct environment sanitation including clean and safe water supply, efficient and safe animal, human, and industrial waste disposal, protection of food from biological and chemical contaminants, and adequate housing in clean and safe surrounding after the flood.

By Khanh Nguyen - Translated by Uyen Phuong

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