​Ho Chi Minh City to pilot safe-food markets

Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have approved a pilot project to adopt a market model that sells clean food, in a bid to enhance food safety. The safe-food market model will be first applied to Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Hoc Mon Produce Wholesale Market, located in the namesake district, and is expected to be implemeted at other markets by 2020. According to a representative of the Food Safety Management Authority of Ho Chi Minh City (FSMA), merchants at the two marketplaces will first need to meet three basic requirements to be able to run their businesses. Similar to most markets across the city, sellers must have a legitimate business license, food safety certificate, and ensure that their products have a clear origin. At the Hoc Mon Produce Wholesale Market, which is the city’s prominent supplier of pork and vegetables, a team of 14 food safety officials will be tasked with managing the quality of food sold at the venue. They will assist merchants in the supervision of pork products via a QR-coded label, which is part of a plan by the municipal Department of Industry and Trade. Thanks to this, customers are able to access information regarding where the pigs were raised, when and where they were slaughtered, and from which wholesale market their meat was distributed, through a mobile phone app. For fruit and vegetables, merchants will be instructed on noting down the origin of their produce. Meanwhile, managers of Ben Thanh Market will be in charge of ensuring product quality…

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