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Ten provinces, cities top in food safety management

Update: March, 16/2016 - 16:30
Officials of the Veterinary Department inspect poultry products in a market. — VNA/VNS Photo Vũ Sinh

HÀ NỘI (VNS) — Ten provinces and cities have received good valuation on food safety and hygiene management in 2015 from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

They include Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu, Bình Định, Đồng Nai, and Hà Nam, in addition to Hà Nội, Long An, Kiên Giang, and Phú Thọ. The other two provinces are Sơn La and Tiền Giang.

Meanwhile, many localities have done this work inefficiently, Trần Quốc Tuấn, head of the ministry’s office said.

This is the first year the ministry evaluated and ranked the activities in food safety management in cities and localities, he said.

The assessment was based on a set of criteria which include conducting activities in management of food safety, implementing communications to raise public’s awareness about food safety and sense of abiding by food safety regulations and monitoring, apart from inspecting and handling violations, and setting up and developing safe food supply chains.

According to Tuấn, the valuation is very practical when food safety issues are alarming.

It will help locals to strengthen their activities on management of food safety, to limit the overuse of antibiotics in animal husbandry and aquaculture, and pesticides in vegetables, fruits and other agricultural products, he said. — VNS

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