The new Law on Food Safety forces businesses to apply for food hygiene certificates every three years, a stiffening of the previous Ordinance on Food Safety, under which the certificates were valid indefinitely.
The new law just approved by the National Assembly was announced by the President’s Office at a press briefing in Hanoi on July 8. It will come into effect in January next year.
The Law on Food Safety’s chapter three prescribes food safety standards for sidewalk eateries. It says that all food at small-sized businesses must have clear origins, be put in clean boxes, and be well protected from dust and insects.
The law says that violators of these conditions would receive fines.
On the same day, the President’s Office also announced the promulgation of other laws on child adoption, trade arbitration and enforcement of criminal verdicts.