HCM CITY(VNS)— Enterprises and companies with more than 500 employees should be encouraged to set up a canteen meeting food safety and hygiene standards.
The advice was delivered by Hua Ngoc Thuan, deputy chairman of the HCM City People's Committee, at a workshop held last Friday. He said this would help improve employees' health.
The Food Safety and Hygiene Division under the city's Department of Health informed the workshop that nearly 400 enterprises in the city do not have food safety and hygiene certificates.
Thuan said the Department of Industry and Trade should direct enterprises with canteens to buy food with clear evidence of origin towards avoiding food poisoning.
|Enterprises and companies with more than 500 employees should be encouraged to set up a canteen meeting food safety and hygiene standards.—Photo Laodong.com.vn
Last year, there were at least four food poisoning cases affecting a large number of victims.
Thuan said the food safety and hygiene division should enhance co-operation with other relevant agencies like the animal health division, Department of Industry and Trade and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"It should also strengthen co-operation with these agencies in neighbouring localities," he added.
Such co-operation helped the city find out and seize 1,163 litres of fake wine from 16 facilities and impose fines of VND44.4 million ($2,114) in a week-long food safety and hygiene campaign last year.
It also helped monitor more than 70 per cent of agricultural products brought in from other provinces.
The Food Safety and Hygiene Division fined 25,991 food trading and processing facilities in the city for various safety and hygiene violations last year.
It collected 5,001 food samples to test for bacterial infection and the presence of banned preservatives and additives.
Of these, 1,189 samples failed to meet food safety standards, said Nguyen Thi Huynh Mai, deputy head of the division.
The city has so far granted quality certification to 5,000 households growing vegetables. It also granted Viet Nam Good Agricultural Practice (VietGap) certification to 182 co-operatives and individuals growing vegetables and fruits on a total area of 90.16 hectares. — VNS