Foods to be tested for safety during lead-up to Tet

Following a recent spate of deaths due to food poisoning, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health will tighten food safety and hygiene regulations ahead of Tet (Lunar New Year) next month, a senior official has said.

A HCMC food safety and hygiene inspector at a sweet factory in Binh Thanh District. (Photo:SGGP)

Dr. Pham Thanh Binh, deputy chief of the city's health department inspection, said considering there would be a wide variety of foods, health inspectors would just keep a close eye on items like sausages, pork paste, cakes, and sweets.

But they would carry out tests on eggs and meat and also liquor since the incidence of poisoning due to dodgy alcohol has increased dramatically, he said.

Inspectors are set to check processing units, shops, retail and wholesale outlets, and supermarkets, he said.

Dr. Binh promised harsh penalties for food producers violating safety norms. They would be fined VND10-15 million (over US$588) and their products destroyed.

He advised consumers to buy products with clear labels and origins.

By Tuong Lam - Translated by Dan Thuy

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