HA NOI (VNS)-- As food poisoning fatalities increase, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan asked the Ministry of Health to step up monitoring on food safety.
Nhan required the ministry to come up with concrete goals to reform food processing and transporting and define different demand for different goods, such as livestock and poultry meat, vegetables, jams and Chinese sausage.
Nhan instructed the Ministry of Health to join hands with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ministry of Industrial and Trade and Ministry of Information and Communication to edit detailed plans of the crackdown and submit them to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung for approval before tomorrow.
Nhan also asked the Ministry of Health to preside over the action month for food safety and hygiene, which will fall in April and May next year.
In the first nine months of 2012, the country saw more than 90 cases of food poisoning. A total of 2,500 people were hospitalised and 17 of them died, according to uncompleted statistics from the Ministry of Health's Viet Nam Food Administration. -- VNS