Greater efforts called for to ensure food safety

NDO – The Central Inter-sectorial Steering Committee on Food Safety held a session in Hanoi, on July 11, to review its performance in the first half of 2017, as well as to propose tasks for the remaining months of the year.

The session was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam who is also Head of the steering committee.

Over the past six months, over 23,400 supervisory teams were set up across the country, detecting over 81,000 production units that violated the law on food safety.

A number of nationwide food production investigations were also conducted, with focus on the use of chemical substances and pesticide in food production and preservation and food safety in animal slaughter stations, especially those in urban areas, according to the Committee.

Speaking at the session, Deputy PM Dam spoke highly of the efforts made by the committee’s members, ministries, agencies and localities, in ensuring food safety over recent times, noting that the active engagement of local authorities in the campaign, alongside the insistence of the National Assembly and Government, have resulted in sound transformations.

Deputy PM Dam also stressed the need for the relevant ministries and agencies to build a more effective information dissemination plan to raise awareness of food hygiene and safety amongst farmers and businesses.

The pilot inspection programme should continue to be implemented in large cities, such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, whilst replicating it in other cities and provinces as soon as possible.

The Committee should continue to seek ways to help consumers avoid unsafe goods, he said, adding that more should also be done to improve the legal framework and supervision of all stages of food production to ensure food safety.



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