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Food safety violations widespread

Update: September, 07/2013 - 10:57
According to reports from the ministry's National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, 178 out of 886 establishments recently inspected in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces fell short of veterinary hygiene standards. Problems were found at farms, slaughter houses and markets.— File Photo

HA NOI (VNS)— Violations in food safety procedures relating to the use of toxic substances in cattle and poultry farming and production are widespread, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development warned at a meeting yesterday.

According to reports from the ministry's National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, 178 out of 886 establishments recently inspected in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces fell short of veterinary hygiene standards. Problems were found at farms, slaughter houses and markets.

According to the Viet Nam Food Administration, 126 cases of food poisoning were recorded nationwide, affecting more than 3,187 people and killing 19 so far this year.

Lam Quoc Hung, head of the Food Poisoning Supervision Division, said the situation had also been worsened by a lack of control of input materials and the usage of toxic substances in agricultural production.

Cao Duc Phat, minister of agriculture and rural planning, expressed huge concerns over the management of plant fertiliser, with substandard and unknown brands being widely used.

Nguyen Xuan Hong, head of the Plant Protection Department, acknowledged the situation, adding that the department was working to prevent the smuggling of plant protection chemicals.

The minister also asked all relevant agencies to finalise the development of a safe agri-food supply chain that can be applied nationwide. — VNS

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